The trailer for the Lifetime movie “Searching for Neverland” is out, and so are first glimpses of Navi playing Michael Jackson.The movie debuting May 29 is “based on the best-selling book, ‘Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days,’ and told through the eyes of Jackson’s trusted bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard,” says a YouTube description.
“The movie will reveal firsthand the devotion Michael Jackson had to his children, and the hidden drama that took place during the last two years of his life.”
Now we get to see if British-based Navi can back up his claim.
His website says: “Some impersonators claim to be the best or the UK/World’s no.1 yet have no evidence to support this prestigious placing. With Navi this isn’t a claim but a fact. The title of World’s no.1 is not just based on Navi’s continued association with Michael Jackson’s world (MJJ Estate, Sony BMG, fellow entertainers, MJ’s family, MJ fans/fanclubs) but shown by MICHAEL JACKSON himself! Unlike other MJ tributes, with Navi, the evidence is seen below. Don’t believe the hype – read the facts!
“Navi is the ONLY Michael Jackson tribute that Michael has applauded on several occasions, given a standing ovation to, invited to his home Neverland, and personally chosen to work as a decoy over a period of many years. Navi also has several personal items signed by Michael that he received as gifts over the years. Time and time again Navi was chosen by Michael.”
Nav says that he was invited to perform at Michael Jackson 45th birthday party in Los Angeles in 2003.
“Navi was then invited to visit Michael’s personal home Neverland,” the site says. “Navi took up this honour the following day, which was a surreal experience. Navi spent the day inside Neverland, visited Michael’s cinema, zoo, went on few of his theme park rides and had a barbeque on the grounds.”
A New Zealand report says Navi — who doesn’t reveal his surname — was born in Trinidad and moved to Britain in the 1980s.
“To perfect his impersonation, Navi underwent several operations between 1992 and 2012. British newspaper The Mirror reported that at one point Navi was spending £150,000 (NZ$300,000) a year. But Navi says he’s actually held back on some of the alterations, so that he can walk about in public without getting too many stares.
“I could have gone thinner with the nose, I could have gone bigger with the jawline. I could have been precise but I wouldn’t have been Michael Jackson and I wouldn’t have been able to pull it off like Michael Jackson. Even though he went over the top with it and he knew that himself. I always wanted to be the good-looking version of Michael Jackson.”
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