My work on ideas for films about “aliens” did have a connection to me being abducted by Joe Elliott and members of the Def Leppard road crew. Joe, Kurt, and another man showed up at my home with the intent of taking me to the Sheraton by the Civic Center in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Instead of letting them into my home this time, I went outside to talk to them.
Kurt Cobain tried to get me voluntarily into the van they borrowed, but I refused. He quickly stabbed me in the arm with a syringe before I could stop him. The drug slowly took effect and I ran back toward the front door. He tackled me in the front yard and held me down. Joe and the other man came to help, picked me up, and carried me inside. They held me down on the floor while Kurt disappeared into the basement. I screamed and kicked Joe in the face several times. Kurt returned with duct tape. Joe held my legs up for him to wrap my ankles and then my wrists were taped together behind my back.
The drug started working as they carried me out and I fought back less and less before losing conscientiousness. The only thing I know about the drug is it was similar to date rape drugs. It could and did cause some permanent and temporary memory loss, as well as, causing my stomach to cramp violently if I had recently eaten or even smelled food. Someone did tell me that one day I would have “Total Recall” of the events.
While working with Michael Jackson we came up with the idea for the kid friendly film about aliens, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Despite the gag order by the studios on signed entertainers in the industry, I did get away with naming the character “Elliott” portrayed by Henry Thomas. This was my way of drawing a connection to Joe Elliott.
The child actor Drew Barrymore would portray the character we named Gertie. Drew would go on to appear in many more films I worked on. This includes when I worked on ideas for the film Firestarter which was inspired by Def Leppard’s 1983 Mutt Lange produced album Pyromania.
An adult Drew talked to me and MJ about the drugs used on me, finding out it was an amnesiac, decided to come up with ideas for the comedy 50 First Dates about a girl who suffered from Goldfield’s Syndrome, similar to short term memory loss and Anterograde amnesia. It also spawned many other films about amnesia which includes “Total Recall” (1990) which I worked on script ideas, ”The Long Kiss Goodnight” (1996), “Dark City” (1998), “Memento” (2000), and ”The Bourne Trilogy” (2002-2007).
Drew also knew we were making connections to her relative Lionel Barrymore portraying “Henry F. Potter” or “Mister Potter” in Frank Capra‘s 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life. This is what inspired the character name Harry Potter. The full name of the character Harry James Potter which of course the middle name is for James Bond.
The problems with retaining memories about what was happening to me also became a theme while working on ideas for Harry Potter. This includes the Pensieve, also known as The Memory Pool, is an object used to review memories, Veritaserum works based on the memories, Memory Charm or False Memory Charm, can suppress certain memories or create fake ones.
The drugs that it is claimed Michael Jackson used, propofol is a short-acting, intravenously administered hypnotic/amnestic, and benzodiazepine is also a hypnotic (sleep-inducing) drug.