When we made the "Bad" video, he was open to everything. Like that scene in the hallway when Wesley Snipes says, "Are you down, or what?" We did that maybe 40 times. Wesley is a formidable presence, but Michael stood up to him. The main thing that struck me was the extraordinary power of his almost shamanistic persona. I was mesmerized by his dancing. In the first shot, when his face is looking up toward the camera, there was a sense of loneliness and victimization. Those images had a resonance to them.
Across the street from where we shot a scene in Harlem, the buildings were torn down or condemned. He took me aside: "Do people live here?" He was overwhelmed by what he saw. In an apartment on the ground floor of the building where we were shooting, there was an unfortunate person in bed, coughing and on his last days. Michael said, "Do you see what's in there?" I said, "Yeah, I know." But even the guy who was sick in bed knew who Michael was.