What does “American Horror Story” star Joseph Fiennes have in common with the late king of pop, Michael Jackson? For starters they look nothing alike, but that still didn’t rule out the white actor playing the part of the black pop icon, Michael Jackson, in a movie telling the story of an urban legend.
The story of a bizarre road trip that is a more of a modern-day legend than it is based on historic facts is coming to the TV screen. The actors have already been signed on to play the three main characters of Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando.
According to MSN News on January 27, Fiennes, who also starred in “Shakespeare in Love” is as surprised as the rest of you that he was the choice for the role of Michael Jackson. Stockard Channing has been signed to play Liz Taylor and Marlon Brando will be brought back to life by Brian Cox.
According to Fox News today, the movie titled “Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,” will air on Sky Arts and is based on what the May 2011 issue of Vanity Fair offered up in an article. This was the story spun out of an urban legend of this trio embarking on a road trip. It talks about Michael, Liz and Marlo’s escape from New York!
There’s a bit of a surprise buzzing around on social media today, especially after the threats of some celebrities boycotting the Academy Awards due to the nominees being predominately white. There are plenty of suggestions for the Michael Jackson role today via social media instead of Fiennes. It is not known why the producers of this movie offered the role to Fiennes, but even he was shocked to hear he had the role, according to Fox.
That is what acting is all about, portraying someone to the best of your ability, so race should not figure into the equation. If anything putting Fiennes in the role of Jackson is breaking down the old Hollywood barriers and not building them.
This made for TV movie, which is currently in post-production, tells the story of how Jackson, Brando and Taylor were thrown together in the days following the 9-11 attacks. These three celebrities were together for a concert the night before 9-11. When the airspace over the nation was shut down to any flights, it left these strange bedfellows stuck together with no way home.
The story offers up the meat and potatoes of their ride home in a car together after Jackson had the idea of renting a car and driving rather than waiting for flights to start up again. While it is billed as “not all fun,” it will offer scenarios that involve Brando’s relentless hankering for fast food that splashes some humor into the mix. The movie “doesn’t poke mean fun” at the trio, but they are seen as somewhat comical characters at times.
Most of all this is a journey that sheds light on some very special friendships between Michael, Liz and Marlon. As far as Fiennes in the starring role as the “Thriller” maker himself, he has some very big shoes to fill!
Fiennes was a huge fan of Michael Jackson and while “he acknowledges that he might receive some criticism for playing an African American, he doesn’t think his race should come into play,” according to Fox “[Jackson] definitely had an issue — a pigmentation issue — and that’s something I do believe. He was probably closer to my color than his original color.”
He made sure to get across that the movie does the characters justice. Fiennes said, “It’s a light comedy look. It’s not in any way malicious. It’s actually endearing.”