The Hero Has A Thousand Faces, And One Of Them Is MC Hammer’s

From I Want My MTV by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum.

MICK KLEBER: “Too Legit to Quit” was based on a book I was reading, Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces, about the structure of the monomyth that supposedly was the basis for the Star Wars trilogy, and now virtually every movie in Hollywood. So we structured “Too Legit” on the typical hero’s journey, which in this case is Hammer being called by the mentor, James Brown, to retrieve “the glove,” which is obviously a reference to Michael Jackson. Then he and his dancers are transported in a flying globe to a concert hall. For one of the big auditorium shots, we actually had a crane on top of a crane. And sometime during that segment Hammer descends in an elevator into a fiery abyss, where he’s joined by more dancers.

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