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The Story Of Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, And Liz Taylor’s 9/11 Cross Country Road Trip

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It sounds like an elevator pitch for some weird independent film. But folks, truth is stranger (and funnier) than fiction. One early September morning years ago, Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando allegedly rented a car and took off on an impromptu road trip. What prompted them, what happened, and exactly how weird did it get?

Not Necessarily The Celebration Michael Envisioned

In early September of 2001, Michael Jackson had been performing in New York’s famed Madison Square Garden in honor of his 30 years as a solo artist. In attendance were only the most famous people in the world, including Eminem and Britney Spears. Among the illustrious audience members were close friends Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. Then, that Tuesday, tragedy struck.

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Escape For Their Lives

September 11, 2001, is stained in our memories as the day of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Keep in mind that no one in New York City realized that the attacks would cease when the second plane dove into the Twin Towers— and neither did Michael Jackson. So, he decided to take matters into his own gloved hand and save his friends.

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New York, I Love You… But You’re Bringing Me Down

With the sky literally falling, Michael Jackson knew he had to get out of New York City and fast. But, as with all overcrowded metropolis nightmares, public transportation services shut down and people were in a panic. So, Jackson reportedly rented a modest sedan, phoned his besties, Liz Taylor and Marlon Brando, and went ’round to pick them up.

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Go West, Old Famous People!

The trio decided to head for Hollywood, of course. According to one reputed source, all three switched driving duties and made it as far as Ohio. We don’t know why they decided to end the epic road trip there, but maybe it was just too long a haul for the aging stars.

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The Stuff Of Comedy Gold

Perhaps Michael Jackson had the film rights in mind when he organized this mythic road trip. But, because all three stars are no longer around to cash in on comedy gold, Sky Arts was free to incorporate this strange tale into their Urban Myths comedy series. Watch a trailer for the series here:

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Did You Ever Notice These Actors Were Replaced On Your Favorite Shows?

The thing about television shows—especially long-running ones—is that they’re on the air for years at a time. Actors grow and develop, seek new opportunities and, as it relates to the younger among them, go off to college. It’s a perfectly natural thing that directors and producers regularly have to deal with, often through recasts and plot twists. One actor’s decision to quit a show can send shockwaves through a script, and fans are always along for the ride. Other times, minor characters are replaced and certain viewers might not even notice. Here are the television actors who were replaced like it was nothing—some of them are sure to surprise you.

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The Most Eccentric Demands Actors Have Slipped Into Their Contracts

Contrary to popular belief, being a Hollywood actor is a tough job. Yes, it often comes with perks that most people could only dream of—but when it comes down to it, getting in the right takes on set requires long hours of tireless work in often difficult circumstances. As such, when actors move their way up the food chain, they allow themselves to negotiate more than just compensation. The various demands actors slip into their contracts range from practical to outright hilarious. Read on to learn about wackiest things actors have demanded in order to agree to take a role.

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DCEU’s Batman Movie Has Changed Its Name

The DC Extended Universe has gotten off to a rocky start. Thanks to tonal issues, directors leaving projects left and right, and significant studio interference, it's hard to tell which reports about the upcoming slate of films are reliable. Despite being one of DC's top properties, even the upcoming Batman movie has struggled to find its feet. Though it has...

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