News: Russell Simmons Reacts To Michael Jackson's "This Is It" Film, "I Was Really Inspired"

Wednesday, Oct 28, 2009 11:50AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons has shared his reaction to today's release of the late Michael Jackson's This Is It film and said the movie "inspired" him.

Writing via Twitter, the rap mogul expressed his overall feelings on the film.

"Dat michael jackson sh*t was amazing," he wrote last night (October 27). "I was really inspired/surprised ... Sat with ice t and coco. Fun night." (Russell Simmons' Twitter)

The rap community has shown its support for the project including rapper-turned-actor Common.

"I'm very interested in This Is It," he revealed in an interview earlier this month. "I mean, I look at Michael Jackson and see that he was the brightest star to ever exist on this earth...Like the greatest star that we ever witnessed and I think that the world will ever witness." (MTV)

Sony Pictures released a statement this week regarding allegations of the film featuring a body double for Jackson.

"This story is pure garbage and there are no body doubles," the statement reads. "Audiences will begin to see the film tomorrow and every time they see The King of Pop they will know that every frame is unquestionably Michael as he rehearses and prepares for the London concerts that were to have begun this past summer." (TMZ)

Prior to its opening today, pre-release tickets reportedly were selling out at theaters across the nation with more than 1,600 sold-out showings.

Advance sales for This Is It look set to make the concert movie starring the late Michael Jackson into one of the hottest tickets of the year. The singer's concert movie has generated more than 1,600 sold-out U.S. show times and is the top seller this week at two major online ticket outlets. That puts This Is It in the same territory as next month's highly anticipated Twilight sequel New Moon and other films that have generated high pre-release sales. The studio has said the 112-minute movie will have a limited two-week engagement around the world, starting Oct. 28. (Billboard)

Check out Michael Jackson's "This Is It" single below:

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