it’s hard to imagine Maze With none other than David Bowie as the Goblin King, a young Jennifer Connelly. But it turns out that Jim Henson sought the opinions of family members when casting the Goblin King, and there was some heated competition for the role of Bowie.
Jim Henson’s ‘Maze’ is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2021
The eclectic kids fantasy film celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. And according to Jim Henson’s son Brian, the film’s most famous role, Jareth the Goblin King, wasn’t automatically going to be David Bowie. in a new interview with comicbook.com, Henson revealed that her famous father asked family members who would be best in the role.
“I can’t speak for my siblings, but I can say for myself, I vaguely remember Sting’s name,” Brian Henson told the publication. “I definitely miss Michael Jackson and David Bowie. I was only at university for a year when I went to college, and I can tell you I was going from nightclub to nightclub, and Michael Jackson and David Bowie were two of the biggest names of my generation, for sure.
Henson said that he always favored Bowie, regardless of Jackson’s lucrative prospect or Sting’s more mellow prospect.
“So when he asked me, I was leaning on the side of David Bowie,” he said. “I just felt like Bowie had a quirk and yet a really coolness that would work really well for my dad, whereas Michael had a perfection for his work that would have been tough.”
Jim Henson’s son Brian says Michael Jackson’s ‘perfectionism’ would have interfered with the character
Bryan stated that although Michael Jackson had unparalleled star power, he would not be able to “compromise” his penchant for perfectionism.
“I think it would have been tough for Michael to be Michael in the maze,” Henson told ComicBook. “He would have had to compromise on his perfection, and then maybe he was no longer Michael, whereas David was always unpredictable. I remember going to see David on stage with my father in The Elephant Man and saying, ‘ God, this is such an unusual artist, David Bowie.’ All I remember is that when he asked me, I said, ‘I think David Bowie.’”
Jim Henson’s daughter said Bowie was a ‘superstar’ on set
The master puppeteer’s daughter, Cheryl Henson, also weighed in, saying that Bowie’s fame elevated her from the start. She admitted to being starstruck by David Bowie, saying she was “surprised” by him.
“David Bowie was a superstar even when he was on set,” Cheryl Henson explained to ComicBook. “He did his best to relate to everyone and be super friendly and make sure everyone felt comfortable and easy to talk to, but he was still a superstar and we all knew it. So, not like that.” Is [Jennifer Connelly, who] became famous later. He was super famous then and we were in awe of him. “
In any case, Bowie was the right choice. His performance as Jareth elevated the film from a cult favorite to an iconic ’80s classic.
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