Jackson releases his version of Smile, a song originally written by Charlie Chaplin for the score of his self-directed 1936 film Modern Times.
You have to have that tragedy, that pain to pull from. That’s what makes a clown great. You can see he’s hurting behind the masquerade. He’s something else externally. Charles Chaplin did that so beautifully, better than anyone. I can play off those moments, too. I’ve been through the fire many times.