Paris Jackson's fury over Joseph Fiennes playing her dad Michael

Ben Arnold
UK Movies Writer
Fury… Michael Jackson’s family are angry over Fiennes playing him in a new series – Credit: Getty

Paris Jackson, the daughter of Michael Jackson, has said that seeing Joseph Fiennes playing her later father in a forthcoming TV comedy-drama series made her ‘want to vomit’.

She blasted Sky Arts, the producer of the series ‘Urban Myths’, calling it ‘blatant disrespect’, as well as calling into question the portrayal of Elizabeth Taylor, Jackson’s late godmother, by Stockard Channing.

(Credit: Sky)

She was asked her opinion about the trailer, which went viral yesterday, by MJ Cast, a US podcast dedicated to Michael Jackson, and the Jackson family.

She replied:



She went on:


Taj Jackson, Michael’s nephew added:


Yesterday, director Ben Palmer sought to deal with accusations over ‘whitewashing’, by casting a white actor in the role of Jackson,

He told The Guardian: “We were casting Michael Jackson in 2001 and that obviously is a challenge in terms of the physical resemblance.

“We were really looking for the performance that could unlock the spirit, and we really think Joe Fiennes has done that. He’s given a really sweet, nuanced, characterful performance.”

(Credit: Sky)

The series finds various historical ‘urban myths’ dramatised by a host of famous actors.

The Jackson episode tells the tale of how, following the 9/11 attacks – and finding themselves stranded in New York – Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando hired a modest car and drove over 500 miles to Ohio.

Brando, it was said, irritated his fellow travellers because he insisted on stopping at every Burger King and KFC along the way.

The story was originally told to Vanity Fair by Tim Mendelson, Taylor’s former personal assistant.

Taylor’s reps have since denied the story, but because all involved are now sadly passed away, it cannot be verified.

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