• Joseph Fiennes on Controversial Michael Jackson Portrayal: ‘It’s No Less Offensive Than Anything on SNL’
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    Joseph Fiennes on Controversial Michael Jackson Portrayal: ‘It’s No Less Offensive Than Anything on SNL’

    Actor Joseph Fiennes recently opened up to Vulture about playing Michael Jackson in an unaired episode of Sky TV’s Urban Myths series. Fiennes portrayed Michael Jackson in the British TV production, and in the episode, his character embarks on a cross-country road trip with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando following the events of 9/11. The whole thing was based on an urban legend.

  • Sky pulls Michael Jackson comedy after complaints from family
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    Sky pulls Michael Jackson comedy after complaints from family

    Sky Arts will not screen the forthcoming episode of its new series ‘Urban Myths’, featuring Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson, following complaints from the late singer’s family. A statement from the broadcaster read: “We have taken the decision not to broadcast Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, a half-hour episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family.

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

    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. 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. ...

  • First look: Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson
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    First look: Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson

    Here it is… the first look at Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson in new comedy series ‘Urban Myths’. And it’s easily as weird as it sounded on paper. News of the planned show was revealed last year, with not a little controversy surrounding the choice of casting Fiennes, brother of Ralph, as Jackson. However, the weirdness – and potential brilliance – of the concept had to be applauded. As one episode in a series of dramatised ‘urban myths’, it will tell the oft-rumoured story of a road trip that occurred after the 9/11 attacks in New York. ...