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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.

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' Goes 30 Times Multi-Platinum!

Michael Jackson‘s Thriller just broke a huge record by being the first album to go 30 times multi-platinum for all of the US sales.

In addition, the album has 100 million sales across the globe.

“RIAA has awarded Gold & Platinum records on behalf of the music business for nearly 60 years, but this is the first time an artist has crossed the 30X multi-Platinum plateau,” RIAA chairman and CEO Cary Sherman said in a statement (via Billboard). “We are honored to celebrate the unique status of Thriller in Gold & Platinum history. What an exceptional achievement and testament to Thriller‘s enduring spot in our hearts and musical history.”

Thriller was released back on November 30, 1982.

Michael Jackson's Doctor Arnie Klein Has Died at Age 70

  • Michael Jackson‘s former doctor Arnie Klein has sadly died at age 70 – US Weekly
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  • Joe Manganiello will guest star on a CBS sitcom – Entertainment Weekly
  • Jeremy Renner is working on an album – Lainey Gossip
  • Ricky Schroder‘s two daughters stun in a new photo shoot – TooFab
  • Harry Potter fans react to Cursed Child news – MTV
  • Only Nick Jonas can make this gray sweatsuit look hot – Popsugar

Watch Pentatonix Pay Tribute to Michael Jackson With a 20-Song Mash-Up! (Video)

You have to check out this amazing a capella tribute to the late Michael Jackson by Pentatonix!

The group – Avi Kaplan, Scott Hoying, Kevin Olusola, Mitch Grassi, and Kirstie Maldonado – sang a mash-up of more than 20 songs by the King of Pop in six minutes!

They included everything from “Man in the Mirror” and “Human Nature” to “Smooth Criminal” and “Billie Jean.” Watch below!

In case you didn’t know, Pentatonix gained fame after winning the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off. They also won a Grammy for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella for their song “Daft Punk.”

Pentatnix Sings Tribute to Michael Jackson