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Star Wars and six other films Michael Jackson almost starred in

'The King Of Pop', 'Wacko Jacko', 'MJ' or just 'Jacko' - whatever you called him, it's undeniable that Michael Jackson was one of the greatest performers to ever grace the stage.

But having conquored the world of music, the Dirty Diana singer invested a hell of a lot of time in making it onto the big screen too. From badgering directors to attempts to buy out entire companies in a bid to land his dream roles, the story of Michael Jackson's struggle to break into the world of film is inspiring, bizarre and sorta upsetting in equal measure. 

Here's seven roles the late singer tried his damned hardest to get a hold of...




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