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Q&A with ''Man in the Mirror'''s Flex Alexander. The actor says it's good to be the King of Pop in VH1's biopic

Flex Alexander (UPN's ''One on One'') wants to be startin' something: He's playing the King of Pop in VH1's ''Man in the Mirror: Michael Jackson Story,'' airing Aug. 6 at 9 p.m.

Why take on this role?
[When] I sat down with the producers and saw that it wasn't a Michael-bashing movie, I was all in. I've always been a Michael fan. I wanted to become a Jehovah's Witness -- that's how much of a fan I was. How did you nail the voice? Tight underwear? Nobody pinching me, none of that. I watched tapes to get his cadence. He's very soft-spoken. In interviews, with questions that are more difficult or irritate him, he goes in a deeper register.

How's your moonwalk?
I was doing that back in the day -- the electric boogie and the break dancing -- so that was easy.

What was the makeup process like?
[His current face] was my least favorite because that took the longest. We didn't do any prosthetics because I wanted people to pay attention to the movie and not say, ''Oh, man, look at the chin!''

By the way, are you expecting quadruplets?
I have a son and a daughter. That's it. The shop is closed.

Originally posted Aug 06, 2004 Published in issue #777 Aug 06, 2004 Order article reprints
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