Yes, this is real. We told you white actor Joseph Fiennes would be portraying Michael Jackson in a new TV special. And here we are. Peep the first “Urban Myths” trailer inside…
Around this time last year, we told you the Brits were creating a TV special that will feature the late Michael Jackson. And we also told you they casted a white actor to play him. The shade of it all.
Despite all of the negative backlash, the show is still set to air.
Fiennes will play the late Michael Jackson in a half-hour comedy special set to air on Sky TV entitled “Urban Myths,” formerly titled "Elizabeth, Michael, and Marlon."
"I’m a white, middle-class guy from London – I’m as shocked [about the casting] as you might be," Fiennes said. "It’s a light comedy look. It’s not in any way malicious. It’s actually endearing. And the more I actually looked at Michael – it’s great, as an actor, to have so much to copy and look at in interviews – the more I kind of fell in love with him."
The show will also star Brian Cox as Marlon Brando and Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor. The premise: A comedy telling the story of how Michael, Marlon and Elizabeth all took a road trip together out of NYC to escape 9/11. Wait..what?
According to Vanity Fair, Elizabeth’s friend Sam Kashner said in his book, Elizabeth Taylor’s Closing Act, that Liz told him this car trip actually happened. Apparently, Michael was having concerts at Madison Square Garden September 7th and September 10th, so he invited his friends Marlon and Liz to attend. Interesting.
Peep the trailer below:
Did he nail it?
"Urban Myths" premieres Januar 19th on the UK’s Sky Arts.
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