"Michael turned to me and was like, 'Are you scared?'" actor tells Jimmy Fallon on 'Tonight Show,' recalling Harlem filming of 1987 video
"I auditioned for Scorsese and Q – Quincy Jones – and they selected me out of, I don't know, maybe hundreds of guys who auditioned," Snipes says in the clip. After Fallon asks about his impressions of Jackson, Snipes tells the hilarious story – earning uproarious laughs from Questlove and the Roots.
"The great Michael: the inspiration, the muse," he says. "Michael was very interesting – very, very interesting. He actually was a little nervous filming in Harlem because we filmed some of the 'Bad' video there in Harlem ... He was a little nervous because the fans were a little ambivalent with him. Some of them loved him. Some of them hated him.
And you have other people going, 'You ain't bleep! Michael Jackson, you ain't never coming back to the 'hood! Michael Jackson, what you do for us?'
"So Michael turned to me and was like, 'Are you scared?'" he continues. "I was like, 'Yo, Mike, what are you talking about?' 'Are you scared? Really, are you scared?' I was like, 'No, Mike, this is Harlem, baby! This is where we grew up. They love you. Really, you're scared?' He was like, 'A little.'"