Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson Is Completely Bonkers

Photo: Courtesy of Sky Arts
There's been something of a minor uproar around Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson in an upcoming comedy. Astute observers have noted that Fiennes is a white man and that Jackson was a Black man. Obviously, a white actor playing a Black man is not ideal.

Fiennes was straightforward about his decision to take the role in February.

“The decision with the casting and the producers — I wrangled with it, I was confused and shocked at what might come my way, and I knew the sensitivity, especially to Michael’s fans and to Michael’s family,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “This is quite right, why people are up in arms. I’m a full believer in making the playing field fair. When it is fair, we can have a conversation about this project and it wouldn’t cause outrage.”

The film, Urban Myths, involves a possibly apocryphal incident in which Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando go on a road trip after 9/11. The Vanity Fair piece takes Corey Feldman as its source.

Watch the trailer. Words fail.
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Strangely, Fiennes seems to be wearing whiteface for the role. Hitler, Hitler's friend, Bob Dylan, and Samuel Beckett also appear in the trailer.
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