Joseph Fiennes Is 'Shocked' He’s Playing Michael Jackson in a British TV Movie

Norman Weiss
TV Tattle

Joseph Fiennes is “shocked” he’s playing Michael Jackson in a British TV movie

The casting of Fiennes, a white British actor, in the Sky Arts TV movie Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, is stirring controversy because he’s yet another white actor taking on a non-white role (even if Jackson was light-skinned in the latter years of his life. The “tongue-in-cheek” film is based on an urban legend that Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando went on a road trip after all flights were grounded in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Fiennes, the younger brother of Ralph Fiennes, says of his casting: "I'm a white, middle-class guy from London. I'm as shocked as you may be.”


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