Joe Jackson isn’t afraid to say what everyone’s thinking about his son Michael Jackson now the This Is It, the film documenting the singer’s last rehearsals is out worldwide.

“He’s worth more dead than when he was alive,” Joe told Extra. “I’d rather have him alive.” The father who famously pushed his son into the spotlight admits he wasn’t originally on board for the concert film.

“I didn’t know what This Is It meant,” he says.

But the movie allows him to remember Michael “as I knew him best: Performing and dancing on stage. Entertaining people.”