Michael Jackson Wanted To Play Car In Movie Called 'Hot Rod'

Meanwhile, eccentric singer suing man who sold memorabilia.

And people thought "Dogma" was distasteful.

Kevin Smith recently revealed the weirdest script he's ever been asked to direct was to star Michael Jackson as a man who morphs into a car that drives around a young boy. The title: "Hot Rod."

"In retrospect, I'd love to make that movie," Smith told Playboy in the magazine's April issue. "But it wouldn't be anything like the version Jackson or the studio wanted to see."

The "Jersey Girl" director's revelation arrives on newsstands as Jackson continues to make headlines on his own.

On Monday alone, Jackson added four defendants to a lawsuit against the jet company that flew him to Santa Barbara to be booked on child-molestation charges in November (see "Jackson Was Illegally Taped On Charter Flight, Lawyer Says") and filed a separate lawsuit in an unrelated matter.

His latest legal drama centers on accusations that a New Jersey man illegally sold outfits, awards and letters belonging to Jackson. Henry V. Vaccaro Sr. has made more than $1.4 million selling Jackson memorabilia he claims was given to him by a bankruptcy trustee.

The case dates back to 1992, when Vaccaro sold a guitar company to a business owned by Katherine and Joe Jackson and sons Jermaine and Tito, who soon stopped making payments. Vaccaro sued the Jackson family and was awarded $1.4 million, an amount the family said it couldn't afford.

Vaccaro claims he ultimately was awarded the contents of a California warehouse filled with Jackson family possessions after handing over $65,000 to pay the outstanding storage bills.

Michael Jackson's attorney Brian Wolf argues the property should never have belonged to Vaccaro because Michael never used money from the guitar company and was not named in the lawsuit.

Wolf is demanding the items be returned, but Vaccaro, who spent 18 months photographing the items for his Web site, claims they are already sold to a European buyer he refuses to identify.

Jackson's lawyers in his child-molestation case are next due in court April 2 to set a preliminary hearing date, but the singer is not expected to attend. Jackson is charged with seven counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 and two counts of giving a child an intoxicating agent.

For full coverage of the Michael Jackson case, see "Michael Jackson Accused."