Статьи: 2008 Birthday Interview On Good Morning America

Chris Connelly: How do you plan to celebrate your 50th birthday?

Michael: Oh, I’ll just have a little cake with my children and we’ll probably watch some cartoons.

Chris: As you look back on your career Michael, what would you have done differently?

Michael: I am still looking forward to doing a lot of great things, so that’s hard….I think the best is yet to come in my true humble opinion.
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Michael: I am just watching, you know, a little James Brown show right now.

Chris: Is that right?

Michael: I love James Brown. Yes.

Chris: As you look back on 50 years in your career, at what point in your career do you think you were the happiest?

Michael: The happiest? The recording of «Thriller» and the «Off The Wall» albums. That meant very much to me and seemed to be received so beautifully by the public and the world, you know. I enjoyed it very much.

Chris: Can Michael Jackson still do all that [perform] at the age of 50?

Michael: Yes! Because I am expanding a lot of the avenues… People see some of the things I do and they say why don’t you show this to the world. People don’t know you do these things! Well, maybe I will.

[about new generation in music]

Michael: Some of the younger, newer artists — I think Chris Brown is doing wonderful and Timberlake. I really admire what they are doing.

Chris: Is there anything you sacrificed by having this amazing career, 40 years and counting?

Michael: A lot of hard work- sacrificing your time and your scheduling Your childhood, you know. You’re giving up your life for the medium.

Chris: Would you like your children to have the same kind of upbringing you did in terms of getting into show business at an early age? Or do you want to say to them whoa, take a moment, enjoy your childhood?

Michael: I am letting them enjoy their childhood as much as possible. I really do. I let them go to the arcade and get out and go to the movies and do things. I think that comes naturally, you know. I want them to get to do the things I didn’t get to do.

Chris: It must mean a lot for your kids to be able to do the things that you weren’t able to do, huh?

Michael: Yeah, I get pretty emotional when I see them having a wonderful time. When they are on a ride and they are screaming and they are happy and they are running. It makes me emotional.

Chris: You know, when most people turn 50, the AARP finds them and sends them an AARP card. Have you gotten an AARP card in the mail?

Michael: (Laughing) Not that I know of.

Chris: You never know. They can find you wherever you are!