Lots of people say that even just the weight of a golf club in their hand creates a feeling of relaxation. [lastfm]Janet Jackson[/lastfm] is no stranger to that sentiment, although her stress-reducing usage of a nine-iron is less about getting a ball across the green and more about smashing a house to pieces while grieving over her deceased brother, [lastfm]Michael Jackson[/lastfm]. Interested to see why this unconventional form of therapy played out?
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There was no trite discussion of what [lastfm]Janet Jackson’s [/lastfm]golfing “handicap” was just as there was no fake rage in her scene. Jackson channeled her anger and sorrow over [lastfm]Michael Jackson’s [/lastfm]death into every ounce of that golf club:
Bashing up that stuff with the golf club, I enjoyed that. I needed it and it came at the right time. After reading the script and then going through what had happened in my own family, I was really thankful for the opportunity to completely let go of some things, to just unleash.
Janet Jackson didn’t have to dig deep to play her role of grieving mother on Why Did I get Married Too; her personal tragedy coincided with filming. Despite her pain, Jackson came back right after her brother’s service to work. And to move on.
I left the service that night, jumped on a plane, and was on set the next day. Life goes on. You have to as well. You can’t just stop. It’s not healthy.
Luckily, [lastfm]Janet Jackson[/lastfm] wasn’t alone during her time of struggle. Co-star and creator, Tyler Perry, gave her the sort of support she needed.
Tyler was constantly calling me to see how I was doing. He asked me, ‘How do you want to be treated on set?’ And I said, ‘The way they treated me, no differently.’ And that’s exactly what it was. They thought it was important they didn’t bring up what had happened, and that was fine with me.
Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson do a little bit of cathartic “screaming’ together.