Joseph Fiennes’ controversial debut as Michael Jackson has officially arrived.
The 46-year-old actor joins Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando in a half-hour episode of “Urban Myths”, an eight-part series focusing on rumoured celebrity experiences. In “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon,” Fiennes portrays Jackson in a retelling of the story of when the three stars embarked on a road trip after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Fiennes’ casting in the role understandably made headlines when it was announced last year, with media outlets and individuals criticizing the decision to cast a white man, Fiennes, as the African-American pop icon.
The trailer provides a sneak peek at the upcoming series, including including Iwan Rheon as Adolf Hitler, Rupert Grint as “Hitler’s friend,” Ben Chaplin as Cary Grant, Aidan Gillen as Dr. Timothy Leary, Eddie Marsan as Bob Dylan, and David Threlfall as Samuel Beckett below.
Jackson’s daughter, Paris, took to Twitter on Wednesday, sharing her reaction to seeing her father portrayed by Fiennes in the film. “I’m so incredibly offended by it, as I’m sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit,” she responded to a Jackson fan account asking for her feedback. “It angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother liz as well.”
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