Didn’t we just review this issue?
You know, all the ballyhoo over Hollywood not recognizing minority actors for big parts or even big awards? Pretty sure this caused a big stink in the acting community, but those upper-crust studio heads probably weren’t paying attention.
Apparently no one learned a thing from the whole #OscarsSoWhite debacle, because BBC TV just cast Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson.
What the what?!
Fiennes will co-star as Jackson in a movie titled Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon set to premiere later this year. The film is a comedic retelling of a fabled story involving the King of Pop, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando on a road trip from New York City to Los Angeles on Sept. 11, 2001.
There are so many things wrong with that summary:
1. It’s a comedy?! Anyone break out in laughter when they think of the World Trade Center going down in flames?
2. Is this an episode of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’? Those three cramped together in a Pontiac Grand Am would be some high-brow reality TV.
3. “Fabled story.” So is this a complete truckload of B.S.? Because this famed excursion really doesn’t ring a bell.
4. Cross-continental … and the finish line is the most heinous experience on U.S. soil. There’s a novel concept.
So, why not? Let’s cast a white man known for playing the whitest of white men play Michael Jackson.
Fiennes told Entertainment Tonight: “I’m a white, middle-class guy from London – I’m as shocked [about the casting] as you might be.
“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.”
Fiennes goes on to say that since Jackson had “a pigmentation issue” with his skin, “the issue of race should not come into play.”
Casting shouldn’t be a problem though. Hollywood should strongly urge Elizabeth Taylor be played by Mo’Nique and Cedric the Entertainer should play Marlon Brando.
It is a comedy after all.