Joseph Fiennes Playing Michael Jackson In A Comedy Is Not That Funny

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That awkward moment when Hollywood hires a white man to play Michael Jackson.

The US is racially divided whether we want to admit it or not, and the recent Oscars nomination scandal brought it to light yet again. Now, in an embarrassing turn of events, another fiasco is on our hands.

A movie detailing a road trip between Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando driving from New York to Ohio following the 9/11 terrorist attacks is in the works, according to The Guardian. The one-off comedy for Sky Arts, titled Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, stars Joseph Fiennes as Jackson, Stockard Channing as Taylor and Brian Cox as Brando.

Vanity Fair caught wind of the encounter and reported about it back in 2011.

The story goes that Jackson invited the pair to his concert at Madison Square Garden. Following the 9/11 attacks, when air travel to and from New York was cancelled, the trio rented a car and began their quest back to California. “They actually got as far as Ohio – all three of them, in a car they drove themselves,” claimed a former employee of Jackson. Brando apparently insisted on stopping off at various fast food restaurants en route.

Later, one of Taylor’s assistants said none of that ever happened, claiming she remained in New York and visited Ground Zero soon after.

Fiennes describes the role as “a challenge,” saying “It’s a fun, lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek road trip of what celebrity of that kind is like. But also it’s rather beautiful and poignant about their relationships.”

Of course Twitter freaked out:


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