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The resemblance between the late Michael Jackson and his impersonator Navi is startling. Navi has depicted Jackson both on and off-stage with many interesting, and sometimes dangerous, experiences. Navi will now play Jackson in the new TV film, Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland.

People all over the world are still fascinated by the legendary King of Pop’s life and times. A TV movie about the late superstar’s last few years, Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland, is being released on Lifetime on May 29, 2017. Who plays Michael Jackson in the new movie? The man who plays the icon is a Michael Jackson impersonator named Navi, whose uncanny resemblance to the late singer is startling. Here are some details from Navi’s wiki.

Who is Navi?

Navi was born in Trinidad and only goes by his first name. Navi’s age is not known, but he has been impersonating musicians like Axl Rose, Elvis Presley, and Bob Marley for years. However, his biggest success is from impersonating megastar, Michael Jackson. Navi himself says, “Jackson was the one who was the real deal.” The impersonator is reported to have spent a fortune on several operations to look more like the singer. He says that he has shown restraint in his operations so that he could have a semblance of a normal life and avoid too many stares from the public. Navi now lives in England and considers himself the world’s top Michael Jackson impersonator.

Also Read: Michael Jackson Net Worth & Career: How Rich is the Late American Singer?

Being Michael Jackson

This photo is from the upcoming movie 'Michael Jackson Searching For Neverland'. It was taken by @mitchjjenkins . A phenomenal photographer that recreated some great photos of the past. This film will be released on @Lifetime in the USA on May 29th. There Is no way this film could of been done without the full team they had pulled together but I depended on 3 departments day after day to make me look and feel like MJ. MAKE UP….HAIR…..WARDROBE Geneva Nash Morgan [Make-Up] Sue Laprelle [Make-Up] April Chaney [Make-Up] Karicean {Karen} Dick [Hair] Liz Ferguson [Hair] Rita McGhee [Wardrobe] Alita McGhee Bailey [Wardrobe] Elaine McGhee [Wardrobe] Debbie Lisbey [Wardrobe] Alma Magana Vincent Kinsey Stephen Oh O'Neal McKnight Navi #Navi #MJ #MichaelJackson #KingOfPop #TheLegendContinues #TheWorldsNo1MJImpersonator #ChosenByMichael #ChosenByHollywood #MJFam #HatersWatchAndWeep #Lifetime #Brand #Industry #SearchingForNeverland #MJ #MJMOVIE

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The similarities between Navi and the real Michael Jackson are incredible. Navi has been impersonating Jackson for the last 28 years. “I’ve got the most famous face in the world and it’s not mine,” Navi says. He claims that he has worked for the real Jackson as a body double on stage and in public for a long time. However, he has never acted before, and is making his acting debut in the new Michael Jackson movie.

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The Real Decoy

Navi insists that he knew Jackson well after spending time understanding him during his dark periods. “When I worked for him as a decoy, you know, 2,500 people chasing me and being scared for your life. I worked for him during the allegations; I worked for him during the promotions of albums and tours. I went to [Jackson’s ranch] Neverland, I did his birthday party, I performed at his birthday party in New York and Los Angeles,” he said.

Second Hand Stardom

This photo is from the upcoming movie 'Michael Jackson Searching For Neverland'. It was taken by @mitchjjenkins . A phenomenal photographer that recreated some great photos of the past. This film will be released on @Lifetime in the USA on May 29th. There Is no way this film could of been done without the full team they had pulled together but I depended on 3 departments day after day to make me look and feel like MJ. MAKE UP….HAIR…..WARDROBE Geneva Nash Morgan [Make-Up] Sue Laprelle [Make-Up] April Chaney [Make-Up] Karicean {Karen} Dick [Hair] Liz Ferguson [Hair] Rita McGhee [Wardrobe] Alita McGhee Bailey [Wardrobe] Elaine McGhee [Wardrobe] Debbie Lisbey [Wardrobe] Alma Magana Vincent Kinsey Stephen Oh O'Neal McKnight Navi #Navi #MJ #MichaelJackson #KingOfPop #TheLegendContinues #TheWorldsNo1MJImpersonator #ChosenByMichael #ChosenByHollywood #MJFam #HatersWatchAndWeep #Lifetime #Brand #Industry #SearchingForNeverland #MJ #MJMOVIE

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Navi says playing Michael Jackson in the upcoming Lifetime movie gives him the opportunity to “tell the world” about the pop star he knew so well. About Jackson, he says, “He’s human, he’s a person, he has emotions and feelings.” Navi has performed in over 57 countries and special events as the King of Pop. He met Jackson’s family members and owns about 200 of the singer’s costumes, including 20 Thriller jackets.

Also Read: “Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland” Cast: MJ Impersonator in the Role of a Lifetime

Navi is Loving the Attention

To see more of Navi’s pictures, check out Michael Jackson impersonator’s Instagram. Navi’s Instagram is full of pictures of him with celebrities, at concerts, with other musicians, and with Jackson himself. Sometimes being a famous look-alike works out better than you might think!

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