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MJ 'Hold My Hand' Video - Starring No-Handed Person

11/17/2010 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It's the most bizarre casting call we've ever seen -- the people behind Michael Jackson's new music video for "Hold My Hand" are in the market for some incredibly ironic talent ... a person with no hands.

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The listing was posted yesterday on an LA casting network -- billed as a "low budget" project -- and among the available roles ... 10 dancers, several real-life couples, a mother and child for a baptism ... and "a disabled person with no hands."

The director Mark Pellington tells TMZ, "The video is a spiritual collage of MJ's legacy told through a visual mosaic exploring the themes of life" -- but based on the name of the song, we can only guess why they'd need someone without the requisite appendages.

We're told they shot Akon's part Monday night -- and according to sources close to the production, a green screen came in mighty handy.


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sofi    

THEY SHOULDN'T DO IT!! IT'S ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING!!!

Why shoot a video when Michael isn't here to decide if and how he would want it.

1375 days ago
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Ijustcantstoplovingu    


GREEN SCREEN! OH REALLY!!! LOL like in "This is It" and at the "Funeral".

"Keep the Magic Going" Michael

L.O.V.E.

from a beLIEver

1375 days ago
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rebati22    

I think they should get Prince to help to produce the video. He wants to do movies and be behind the camera and he knows his dad best.

Love you MJ - always more.

1375 days ago
4.

Andrew Hedgman    

@Ijustcantstoplovingu You along with your small minded friends are delusional. MJ is dead, just accept it! I'm a massive MJ fan and you guys make me more angry than the haters out there, just give it a rest and stop hurting the family fans!

1375 days ago
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Lenny    

Number 3- you "believers" are starting to be real pathetic!
I can't believe your still with that MJ is alive Bull**** LOL
You went too far with your imagination and it's getting pretty lame..
I guess Michael is also behind the messing up of his album and legacy by $ony and his mom and children on Oprah?? lol.

Get a life why don't ya...
Green screen on This is it and Hold My Hand video...yeah, that's a shocker :)

1375 days ago
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Lenny    

Number 3- you "believers" are starting to be real pathetic!
I can't believe your still with that MJ is alive Bull**** LOL
You went too far with your imagination and it's getting pretty lame..
I guess Michael is also behind the messing up of his album and legacy by $ony and his mom and children on Oprah?? lol.

Get a life why don't ya...
Green screen on This is it and Hold My Hand video...yeah, that's a shocker :)

1375 days ago
7.

aston    

It's not Michael's song and it will not be Michael's video. As long as we are clear about that.

They won't need a person without hands - that's easy do do with digital technique if they really want to.

And never take anything TMZ says as face value. Remember how TMZ, when Michael died, said they had spoken to paramedics who told them Michael had been dead for hours when they arrived and that his blood had sunken to the lowest parts of his body? Then this year, a doctor stated they had managed to get Michael's heart going for ten minutes at the hospital. You can't do that if the person has been "dead for hours".

TMZ also stated Katherine Jackson and Joe are divorced, which they denied on Oprah, and that Alejandra and her kids had moved out, which was not true either, as also seen on Oprah.

So always take anything TMZ says with a big handful of salt.

1375 days ago
8.

Taelyn    

Im more concerned with the ""LOW BUDGET"" aspect then the person with no hands.
If they cant do Michael Justice it simply shouldnt be done. If they dont want to spend Money .. They can make the videos Based on Michael. Clips of Him much like the tribute Videos. The plain truth is Michael would NEVER release anything Mediocre, or "LOW BUDGET".. Do it right and spend the money befitting the Artist, or make a contest for fans to create a Video in his honor. Sony is going about this all so poorly.
First the Controvery about songs, now a low budget Video.. Disgraceful !!

They should have put the 7 songs they KNOW are MJ.. Then added 4 great songs from other albums, like You are my Life, and You are Not alone, Then Maybe Blood on the Dance floor, and another one..Songs that reach out and connect.. They could easily make a video just using Michael, even if they use him surrounding other actors.
Any album released with new Material should have a new remix or original mix of some of his prev released material.

Sony's people are IDIOTS !!!!

1375 days ago
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iFart    

They're making videos for the new album now too? And "low budget" ones at that? Yeah, that sounds just like what Michael would have wanted...Sony at work keeping his legacy alive, riiight. I am peeved enough about the album, but now they're just going too far!! Ugh.

1375 days ago
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T    

TMZ please stop reporting on Michael Jackson and these recordings. I am not sure how much the Jacksons are paying you to promote these new recordings, but the bottom line is that no one is interested in MJ. No matter how much you promote stories of MJ or Heidi and Spencer, it does not create interest. Everyone will stop and watch a trainwreck, but we don't like it and we don't want to see it every day.

There are a handfull of die hard MJ fans who still live in their parents basements that will log on and vote, and comment but they don't represent 1/2 of one % of the audience out there. It ruins your reputation and cheapen what you are trying to do. Stop running stories and kissing the Jackson family Azz. No one cared about MJ for the past 15 years except for a small group of crazies who worship him. You are potentially alienating your potential audience by appearing to be the Fox News for the Jacksons.. i.e. A bought and paid for outlet for propoganda.

1375 days ago
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iFart    

TMZ please stop reporting on Michael Jackson and these recordings....the bottom line is that no one is interested in MJ.

Posted at 3:33 AM on Nov 17, 2010 by T

Bahahahahaha!!!! Do you live in a cave? TMZ's "MJ stories" generate the most hits and comments of any stories they post by far!! EVERYONE is interested in Michael Jackson...even the haters, like you, who are really closet MJ fans. No one can resist thinking and talking about him, its obviously humanly impossible. So by all means keep posting in here, it just tells TMZ what they already know, that people ARE interested so they'll keep putting up more stories, lol.

TMZ = The Michael Zone...get used to it! :P

1375 days ago
12.

really?    

yes, they can reuse the green screen they used at the funeral. Thanks for the "green screen" confirmation TMZ. :)

1375 days ago
13.

nan    

i dont know what they need to make a video for.and a low end one at that...
cant they just use a montage of michael helping people all over the world ? there is plenty of footage of michaels kind deeds,use that instead.
i am buying his new vision video set, but that is it as far as video go..at least the one more chance video had a part of michael creativity in it.
this thing i will take a pass on..

1375 days ago
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themaestrosgirl    

@Nan - I agree with you there. "Hold My Hand" would be much better served by the montage you described. As far as I'm concerned, Michael invented the "short film", and nothing anyone does will ever come anywhere close to what he could do. I'm fairly certain that although the song rocks, the video will be really awful and somewhat of a disaster...That said, I can't wait to get my copy of Vision, where it will be all Michael all remastered and will look awesome in high definition.

1375 days ago
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nan    

also i found these covers that fans came up with for the new album of which i think would have been a much more creative and better tribute to michael.
i am buying the album but mj would never have gone for that hokey cover..too outdated and not the correct tone for a posthumous album cover .jmo

u can tell its the money men in charge , but i guess those were mj wishes or they wouldnt be running it...just makes u miss his input..:(
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3Bup7t_Isg&NR=1&feature=fvwp

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