Joseph Fiennes’ Casting As Michael Jackson In 9/11 Film Causes Controversy
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If all the controversy surrounding this year’s Oscars wasn’t enough, Shakespeare in Love actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast as none other than pop legend Michael Jackson in a 9/11 road trip drama about the King of Pop, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando trying to escape New York after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers.
The details of the movie are still unknown, but the script is based on the story of one of Jackson’s employees who claims that the tree stars rented a car in order to get to California, only making it to Ohio.
While all of this sounds exciting, people can’t help but wonder if it’s a good idea to cast a white actor to play one of the greatest African-American musicians of all time. In fact, the public seems pretty upset by the casting, given that prominent figures in the movie industry are currently protesting about the lack of diversity in Hollywood.
Here are some reactions from Twitter:
Joseph Fiennes can play Michael Jackson. (A real person). But Idris can’t play James Bond (a fake spy for a fake agency)? Cool, cool, cool.
— Prentice Penny (@The_A_Prentice) January 27, 2016
Congratulations to noted African-American actor Joseph Fiennes on being cast as Michael Jackson…
— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) January 27, 2016
Oddly enough, it won’t be the first time I’ll see Joseph Fiennes portray a man of color. I saw him 20 years ago as Jesus in a London play.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 26, 2016
When Joseph Fiennes’ agent came to him and said “I want you to audition for the role of MJ” how did Joseph not hang up on him???
— Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) January 27, 2016