THE BECK/SMITH VAULT: Michael Jackson ‘Never Satisfied With What I Do’

Michael Jackson as The Scarecrow in "The Wiz"
Michael Jackson as The Scarecrow in “The Wiz”

Dec. 19, 1978

Michael Jackson ‘Never Satisfied With What I Do’

Michael Jackson, who’s been receiving phenomenal reviews for his role as the Scarecrow in “The Wiz,” tells us, “A lot of scripts have been coming in and I’ve been getting a lot of compliments from singers and actors.” 

How has he been reacting to the kudos?  “Very carefully.  I take it as a learning point.  I could never take it any other way.  I just know I can do so much more than I do now, and what makes me mad is I don’t take the time.” 

Is he happy with is work in “The Wiz”?  “Yeah, it was okay.  I’m never satisfied with what I do.  A lot of really dramatic scenes I was in were cut – but I understand that process.”

What Michael wasn’t particularly happy with either, he says, is the scene “when she tells me about going to see the Wizard.  I wanted to make the whole feeling of it more exciting.  Like I say, I’m never satisfied with anything.”

Andee Beck