The acclaimed actor discussed being bullied by Harvey Weinstein and his "wrong" decision to portray Michael Jackson.
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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.
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. ...
Joseph Fiennes has defended his casting as pop legend Michael Jackson, saying that the late singer was ‘closer to my colour’. Twitter exploded yesterday following the news that he is set to play Jackson in a comedy-drama about an alleged road trip taken by Jackson and friends Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando following 9/11. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Fiennes said: “[Jackson] definitely had an issue – a pigmentation issue - and that’s something I do believe.
Joseph Fiennes is set to play pop legend Michael Jackson in a bizarre ‘road trip’ drama involving the late star, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. The drama, which is being made as a one-off for Sky Arts, will also star Brian Cox as Brando, and Stockard Channing as Taylor. According to a now mythic report published in Vanity Fair in 2011, Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando, who were all friends, all hired a car together to escape New York for Calinfornia following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, during which all air travel was curtailed.