I can recall the time when millions of Michael Jackson fans wasted about two hours of their lives, watching Man In The Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story. I was one of those fans who unfortunately thought VH1 was going to do Michael Jackson justice, but the God-awful film was full of inaccuracies and “mouth wide-open” moments that I could no longer stomach within the first 15 minutes. The film chronicled Michael’s life from the Thriller Era to the Black and White era, and the directorial shenanigans from “Dark Michael” to “Light Michael” made fans side eye VH1 ever since.
Unlike The Jacksons: An American Dream, the Jackson family had no dealings with MITM. As a result, VH1 threw this fuckery of a bio (unauthorized) together with information based on public records and tabloids. The producers weren’t even allowed to use MJ’s music.
Now, about comedic actor Flex portraying Michael.
I couldn’t decide which was scarier between the bad makeup job and his acting in this film. As fine and talented of an actor he truly is, I was truly disappointed…more so in his apparent confidence to portray Michael. This messy portrayal of MJ’s life reminded of a parody and Michael’s childlike nature was emphasized to make him look naive and detached from life as an adult.
After those two hours, I promised myself that I would no longer subject myself to any foolishness that VH1 or any network that produces unauthorized bios and calls it “a hit”. Man In The Mirror was more like a MISS! I was convinced that VH1 just wanted ratings and Flex needed a job.