Here's Joseph Fiennes.
Actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast to play legendary pop star Michael Jackson in the upcoming British tv movie, "Elizabeth, Michael, and Marlon". The tv comedy is set for the Sky Art channel which has already taken plenty of heat following the casting. Fans are simply outraged calling this a racist and ignorant move on behalf of Sky Art.
Fiennes is "shocked" to have landed the role but agrees that his skin pigmentation fits the part, "He was probably closer to my color than his original color." He continued, "But the writing is a delight. And the kind of interaction between the three of them is funny, and also full of pathos. It's people who are so iconic, but also can be detached. You know, you can get detached from society. So it's examining that kind of wonderful and mad detachment."
Jackson would have probably been furious with this casting decision despite his white skin appearance due to vitiligo. In an 1993 interview with Oprah, he discussed his outrage over a Pepsi commercial that had a little white boy play him.
Jackson's response, "That's the most ridiculous, horrifying story I've ever heard. It's crazy. I mean, why? Number one, it's my face as a child in the commercial. Me, when I was little. Why would I want a white child to play me? I'm a black American. I'm proud to be a black American. I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am. I have a lot of pride in who I am and dignity."
The comedy apparently is surrounded by a plot where Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, and Marlo Brando go on a journey to escape New York City to Ohio following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The tv film adaptation being made involving Fiennes is reportedly based on the real event.
An excerpt statement released by Sky Art read, "It is part of a series of comedies about unlikely stories from arts and cultural history. Sky Arts gives producers the creative freedom to cast roles as they wish, within the diversity framework which we have set."
Should Fiennes play the role?