In what is a movie with a super weird plot, Michael Jackson will be played in a movie where he, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor take a road-trip to Ohio after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
But what is the subject of controversy is not the plot of the movie but the fact that a white actor, Joseph Fiennes, will be playing the role of Michael Jackson, despite the fact that M.J was of Afro American descent.
This could not have come at a worse time, as the spotlight is on Hollywood for being very partial toward white actors – as the recent Oscars nominations show.
The story of the movie is all about Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando, and Liz Taylor being together the day before 9/11 doing a concert. Airspace was shut down and they couldn’t get out and Michael had the bright idea to go to hire a car and drive, the lead actor, Joseph Fiennes explains.
“It’s a fun, lighthearted tongue-in-cheek road trip of what celebrity of that kind is like,” he added. “But also it’s rather beautiful and poignant about their relationships as well.”
Ironically, even Michael Jackson never wanted a white actor to portray him (which comes as no surprise as he is not white!). In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 1993, Oprah asked him about reports that he wanted Pepsi to cast a white actor to play him as a child in a commercial.
“That is so stupid,” Jackson said. “That’s the most ridiculous, horrifying story I’ve ever heard. It’s crazy.”
Jackson added, “Why would I want a white child to play me? I’m a black American. I’m proud to be a black American. I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am.”
No, I am not making that up either. Below is video evidence.