Jim Henson had two people in mind to play his villainous Goblin King – Michael Jackson and David Bowie. Luckily, he went for punk rock king Bowie, who brought with him his very own rock star vibe. (We can’t imagine Jacko in that crotch cup...)
"There is a generation that kind of know about Labyrinth," Bowie acknowledges. "Kids are brought up to me and their mums say, ‘This is Jareth, from Labyrinth.’"
The character is a complex adversary whose sole goal – to kidnap children and transform them into goblins to join his ranks – is confused when he encounters beautiful young thing Sarah. Bowie sweeps about his sumptuous castle set like a thing possessed, clearly revelling in the dress up while bringing depth and snark to the role.
"I think Jareth is, at best, a romantic," Bowie reveals, "but, at worst, he’s a spoilt child, vain and temperamental - kind of like a rock n roll star! I think he has inherited his Kingdom of Goblins reluctantly and runs it under duress."