Release dateAugust 6, 2004 NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special CastFlex Alexander, Eugene Clark, Brooklynn Proulx, Patricia Idlette, Lynne Cormack Similar moviesMichael Jackson: The Life of an Icon (2011)
Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story is a 2004 Canadian-American biographical telefilm produced for VH1. The biopic stars Flex Alexander as Michael Jackson, and follows his rise to fame and subsequent events. The film takes its title from one of Jackson's songs, "Man in the Mirror". Filming was primarily shot in to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The film originally aired on August 6, 2004, receiving a TV rating of TV-PG for language. It is available on DVD, where it is distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment and is rated PG-13 for some brief language and thematic elements by the MPAA.
The film is a sort of spiritual sequel to The Jacksons: An American Dream, which discussed the Jackson family as children. The telefilm went on to receive generally negative reviews from both fans and critics alike as the film presented Jackson in a very unflattering manner and did not represent most of the true story. Unlike the former, none of Jackson's songs are heard, only mentioned in the telefilm.
Man in the Mirror begins with a flashback, albeit with a voice-over narration by Michael Jackson (Flex Alexander), who reminisces on his younger self (played by Brennan Gademans in a non-speaking role), wanting a normal childhood in addition to becoming a superstar at a young age. It later flashes forward to 1983, whereas Jackson (Alexander) is now a global superstar and pop icon, due in part to his success of his critically acclaimed and universally successful sixth studio album Thriller, which has sold over 100 million copies worldwide, and making Jackson a global superstar beyond his wildest dreams.
The telefilm later jumps from Jackson's universal fame post-Thriller, into his personal life and relationships within the public eye. From events chronicling a troubled time during the Dangerous era, his failed marriages with both Lisa Marie Presley (daughter of music icon Elvis) and Debbie Rowe, whom he later had two children with, a strained relationship with his father Joe, child molestation allegations, to the 30th anniversary of his solo career, dealing with 9/11, and a criminal trial for child molestation allegations of which he was found Not Guilty, the telefilm has Jackson struggling to regain his image as a music icon and a world-renowned entertainer.
Flex Alexander as Michael Jackson
Eugene Clark as Bobby
Theresa Browning as Woman
Marty Antonini as Detective #2
Tom Carey as Director
Brian Copping as Elder
Lynne Cormack as Elizabeth Taylor
Hugh Delaney as Judge
Cedric De Souza as Martin Bashir
Talon Dunbar as Little Boy
Greg Farkas as Male Dancer
Brennan Gademans as Young Michael Jackson
Jason Griffith as Jermaine Jackson
Patricia Idlette as Katherine Jackson
Samantha Kaine as Diana Ross
Liberty Kee as Nanny
Margaret Avery as Martha Upshaw
Greg Lawson as Detective #1
Daniel Libman as Dr. Goodman
Barbara Mamabolo as Janet Jackson
Brian Martell as Thomas
Peter Onorati as Ziggy
Duncan Pattillo as Bodyguard
Lou Poulis as Gardner
Brendan Prost as Manny (based on Jordan Chandler)
Brooklynn Proulx as Paris Jackson
Krista Rae as Lisa Marie Presley
Chad Riley as Dance crew member
Troy Rudolph as Stage Manager
Carrie Schiffler as Surgeon
Connor Schmidt as Benjamin Keough
Peter Skagen as Attorney
Amy Sloan as Holly
William S. Taylor as Johnnie Cochran
April Telek as Debbie Rowe
Michael Tod as Sick Boy
Jameson Trenholm as Junkie #2
Frederic Tucker as Joe Jackson
Aidan Wilks as David (based on Gavin Arvizo)
Gerrick Winston as Tito Jackson
Chris Scheuerman as Security Guard (uncredited)
2005 - Nominated NAACP Image Award Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special - Flex Alexander.