Director Bob Giraldi On MJ’s Idea To Recruit Gang Members For ‘Beat It’
December 20, 2022

“Beat It” director Bob Giraldi says that Michael had the idea to recruit rival gang members for the shoot. “He went out and he got ’em through, I guess, the LAPD’s gang squad and he convinced them that, with enough police presence, this would be a smart and charitable thing to do. I didn’t like the idea because it was hard enough to direct actors and dancers, let alone hoods. Michael was always about peace. He was always about some sort of peace offering. That was his idea, and the cops did go along with it.” Watch “Beat It” now in 4K: