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Joseph Fiennes Is Also Shocked He’s Been Cast As Michael Jackson In A New Movie

740full-joseph-fiennesI’m a white, middle-class guy from London. I’m as shocked as you may be. [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 … It’s a light comedy look. It’s not in any way malicious. It’s actually endearing.The writing is a delight, and the kind of interaction between the three of them is funny, and also full of pathos. It’s people who are so iconic, but also can be detached. You know, you can get detached from society. So it’s examining that kind of wonderful and mad detachment.”

White British actor Joseph Fiennes speaking with Entertainment Tonight about his being cast as the late King of Pop in an upcoming BBC film Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, which looks at the alleged road trip together after they were unable to catch a flight out of New York City due to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001