During a recent interview, Eddie Murphy recalled some of the moments when they were producing the Remember The Time video with the late Michael Jackson. Nearly 23 years ago, Eddie Murphy along with some other well-known celebrities such Arsenio Hall and Magic Johnson, created the magical video that appeared to take place in an Egyptian palace.
The recent interview with Billboard sheds some light on the thoughts, and the moments, that surrounded Eddie when he was making the hit Michael Jackson video.
So I’m sitting there with this Pharaoh shit — and I’d been to a Michael Jackson concert before — but when you’re sitting two to three feet from Michael Jackson doing Michael Jackson, it’s a trip.
It was like seeing someone plugged into a wall socket — especially if you knew him and talked to him on a normal day. He was a frail dude until he does this Michael Jackson thing and then you realize the concept of a spirit world. He’s tapping into a deeper spirit. You know how like when you drink different alcohols, they contain different spirits — some make you want to dance, some make you horny, some make you want to fight. Or certain drugs bring out different spirits. Well, when I saw that, it was confirmation that the spirit world was real.
The interview then went on to ask Eddie Murphy what it was like to actually hang out with the very secretive Michael Jackson on a day to day basis when the Remember The Time video was in production.
If you interact with anyone, ultimately, all people are the same. However, they’re dressed, when you’re in the house with a person, they’re going to be a regular human being.
It’s like this one episode of 20/20 that I once saw. They went into a Motel 6 and into the 4 Seasons and when they turn on a black light, it’s equally nasty in both places.
That’s the same as when the door closes and it’s just human beings in the room. He was just a person — a total eccentric and different, but I’d seen him around his family, his kids, his house, and at work in the studio, and he was just a real dude. He was showbiz, but he was a real dude.
‘Remember The Time’ Video
Eddie Murphy in ‘Remember The Time’