Spike Lee: Bad 25 was good pressure

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 25 September 2012
Spike Lee

Spike Lee

Spike Lee insists the pressure on him to do a good job of his 'Bad 25' documentary was "good" and he knew he couldn't let people down with the finished work

Spike Lee couldn't let people down with his Michael Jackson documentary.

The filmmaker has been working on 'Bad 25' - which examines the making of the late King of Pop's classic 1987 album - and was excited by the challenge of living up to the "pressure" of fans' expectations.

He said: "It's good pressure. You can't let people down. If this had been sub-par I'd have been torn limb from limb."

Spike has admired the 'Thriller' hitmaker - who died of acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 - all his life and admits his passing left him "messed up" for some time.

Asked why he decided to make the film, he told The Sun newspaper: "I'm a filmmaker, I love what I do and I grew up admiring and loving Michael Jackson.

"I saw him in 1969 on TV. He had a big afro and I wanted to be him.

"Michael's life deeply affected people and they miss him. His death messed me up for a month or two. He touched so many people."

'Bad 25' is released today (25.09.12).

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