Larry King spoke live with Jermaine, Tito, Marlon and Jackie Jackson about their late brother’s new film, This Is It, at the film’s Tuesday night Los Angeles premiere, and asked them about the family’s internal turmoil over the film’s release.
LaToya Jackson has said many Jackson family members are boycotting the film because Michael wouldn’t have wanted his rehearsal footage released publicly. Michael’s oldest sister, Rebbie, has already publicly distanced herself from business endeavors, such as a planned reality show for his kids, that have arisen in the wake of the singer’s death this summer.
Tito admitted he wasn’t going to the screening for personal reasons.
“I’m not going to be able to view this movie tonight, like other members of my family, who didn’t attend today, because it is emotional and I think I will be better watching it at a time when I’m more comfortable with it,” he said.
Jermaine, who was in attendance, said the film went a long way to humanize his late brother.
“I think he would have loved it, only because it shows that there is a person in him,” Jermaine said. “Throughout all the rehearsals and everything, you see when he’s focused and he’s concentrating on the band, the dancers. You see that there’s a humane side to him, as opposed to him being on stage all the time and the glitz and the glamour — so I think he would be very proud, very, very proud.”
He said he didn’t think Jackson family mother Katherine would be watching This Is It anytime soon.
“It’s kind of tough for her,” Jermaine said of his mother.