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Joseph Fiennes Comments on Playing Michael Jackson After Casting Backlash

Joseph Fiennes is opening up about playing Michael Jackson in an upcoming comedy taking place right after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

“I have played Michael Jackson. That is true,” the 45-year-old actor said. “It’s a tongue in cheek fun light look at three wonderful characters that we know, Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor, and Marlon Brando and they go on a road trip together. Some say it’s an urban legend. And our story says if it happened, maybe it happened like this.”

There has been an immense backlash to the casting news, as Michael Jackson is a legendary black singer, but casting went to a white male. Michael had a skin condition called Vitiligo that caused a lightening of the color of his skin.

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Joseph Fiennes Will Play Michael Jackson in a 9/11 Movie

Joseph Fiennes is reportedly set to play the late pop icon Michael Jackson in a movie taking place right after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The 45-year-old actor will star in the Sky Arts television movie that follows the singer’s attempt to get home from New York City after the attacks, according to The Guardian.

Michael reportedly took a road trip with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando following 9/11 and they got all the way to Ohio in a rented car. The film will be based on a Vanity Fair article about the road trip.

Stockard Channing is set to play Elizabeth Taylor while Brian Cox will play Marlon Brando.

FlashForward in a Mad World

FlashForward, the new sci-fi drama series on ABC, premieres on Thursday (September 24) at 8pm EST. Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Dominic Monaghan (Lost), John Cho (Harold and Kumar) and Gabrielle Union (Bring It On) co-star on this new show where a mysterious global event causes everyone on the planet to simultaneously experience something for two minutes and seventeen seconds. During this time, each person is able to see his or her life six months into the future. Joseph Fiennes plays a Los Angeles FBI agent who tries to figure out what happened.

Check out the first look below, with American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert‘s version of Mad World!

FlashForward First Look

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