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According to director [[Jim Henson]], Jareth was originally envisioned as another creature in the same vein as his Goblin subjects. Henson said, "The Goblin King was originally planned to be another creature, until it occurred to us to make it an actor. While we were considering various and sundry actors, we thought to make Jareth a music person, someone who could change the film's whole musical style." <ref>Pirani, Adam. ''Starlog Magazine''. "Part Two: Into the Labyrinth with Jim Henson." August 1986</ref>
 
According to director [[Jim Henson]], Jareth was originally envisioned as another creature in the same vein as his Goblin subjects. Henson said, "The Goblin King was originally planned to be another creature, until it occurred to us to make it an actor. While we were considering various and sundry actors, we thought to make Jareth a music person, someone who could change the film's whole musical style." <ref>Pirani, Adam. ''Starlog Magazine''. "Part Two: Into the Labyrinth with Jim Henson." August 1986</ref>
   
Michael Jackson and Sting were both considered for the part; however, David Bowie was eventually cast in the role after a series of meetings with Henson convinced him to sign on to the project. According to Bowie himself, "Jim gave me the script, which I found very amusing. It's by Terry Jones, of Monty Python, and it has that kind of slightly inane insanity running through it. When I read the script and saw that Jim wanted to put music to it, it just felt as though it could be a really nice, funny thing to do." <ref>[http://www.astrolog.org/labyrnth/product.txt]</ref>
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Michael Jackson and Sting were both considered for the part, however David Bowie was eventually cast in the role after a series of meetings with Henson convinced him to sign on to the project. According to Bowie himself, "Jim gave me the script, which I found very amusing. It's by Terry Jones, of Monty Python, and it has that kind of slightly inane insanity running through it. When I read the script and saw that Jim wanted to put music to it, it just felt as though it could be a really nice, funny thing to do." <ref>[http://www.astrolog.org/labyrnth/product.txt]</ref>
 
[[File:Bowiecrop.jpg|thumb|left|288px|Bowie with his stunt double, Nick Gillard.]]
 
[[File:Bowiecrop.jpg|thumb|left|288px|Bowie with his stunt double, Nick Gillard.]]
 
In an interview with ''Ecran Fantastique'', Henson explained his decision to choose Bowie for the role. "I wanted to put two characters of flesh and bone in the middle of all these artificial creatures," Henson told the magazine "And David Bowie embodies a certain maturity, with his sexuality, his disturbing aspect, all sorts of things that characterize the adult world." <ref>Schlockoff, Alain. ''Ecran Fantastique''. "Jim Henson Interview." Feb 1987</ref>
 
In an interview with ''Ecran Fantastique'', Henson explained his decision to choose Bowie for the role. "I wanted to put two characters of flesh and bone in the middle of all these artificial creatures," Henson told the magazine "And David Bowie embodies a certain maturity, with his sexuality, his disturbing aspect, all sorts of things that characterize the adult world." <ref>Schlockoff, Alain. ''Ecran Fantastique''. "Jim Henson Interview." Feb 1987</ref>

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