Michael Jackson:Did you know Michael Jackson brought his own hot sauce and spray butter to the movie theater?
That’s just one of the surprising things viewers may have learned about the late King of Pop in Lifetime’s Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland, the new unauthorized biopic that details the last years of his life, told from the point of view of his security guards, Bill Whitfield andJavon Beard.
Based on their 2014 book, Searching for Neverland revealed some intimate details about Jackson, who is played by Navi, a world-famous impersonator, in his acting debut, and shined a light on his relationship with his three children.
Here are the most surprising revelations from the two-hour movie that aired on Monday night:
1. When Jackson put masks on his children’s faces to avoid having their identities known to the public, he called it “dress up” and turned it into a game and were told not to use their real names.
2. A photographer once got a photo of Blanket, with Javon tracking him down and taking the camera. Jackson then allegedly paid $75,000 to the photog after his then-assistant Feldman destroyed it. (Feldman was then fired, according to Bill.)
3. According to the film, Jackson first met Dr. Conrad Murray when daughter Paris fell ill and needed medical attention. Not wanting to bring her to the hospital for fear of the paparazzi seeing them, Jackson requested a private physician. After his death, Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter, convicted, and sentenced to four years in jail following Michael’s death in 2009. He served two years before being released.
5. While Jackson personally didn’t celebrate Christmas as a Jehovah’s witness, he still allowed his three children to open presents and celebrate.
6. Per Bill, Jackson brought his own hot sauce and spray butter into the movies for his popcorn. His favorite actor? Charlie Chaplin, bringing his children to a festival dedicated to the “king of comedy.”
8. Deeply private, in one scene, Jackson cut open his hand pulling a surveillance camera from a wall in a hotel in Washington, D.C.
9. One of his favorite songs, according to the movie? Bobby Brown‘s “My Prerogative.”
10. Though he craved a normal life as a dad, according to Bill, he also loved his fans, and often had his fan mail delivered to him. He also would tell the police it was OK for his fans to wait outside his house.
12. In order to pay off his debts and buy a new house, Jackson was told he needed to do a Las Vegas residency, but he allegedly told Bill it would “kill” him, as he couldn’t perform five nights a week at the level he used to.
13. In another scene, Jackson is a on date, with Bill driving the couple around. His date convinces him to go out to a bar like a “normal couple,” but he soon changes his mind when a man accosts him on the street.