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If we’re to believe Elizabeth Taylor’s former assistant Sam Kashner, in the days immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks, Taylor, Michael Jackson, and Marlon Brando took a road trip together in an attempt to flee New York City. The story is of dubious nature even when you consider the bizarre tics and lifestyles of the three major players involved, but that doesn’t make it any less entertaining to imagine, as Zadie Smith did in a humorous short fiction story for the New Yorker last year. And so it’s only natural that someone would want to recreate this urban legend for the screen.
Enter Scottish journalist Neil Forsyth, who has written the untitled half-hour TV special adaptation, and which has now announced its main stars: Stockard Channing as Taylor, Brian Cox as Brando, and … Joseph Fiennes as the King of Pop???*
Ah, yes—Fiennes, a white English actor probably best known for playing Shakespeare, in love, is portraying the most iconic black American musician in the world. The announcement is certainly deserving of a double take, but if you think about it, this issue was bound to come up sooner or later: In any serious film involving a depiction of Jackson spanning several decades (or just covering his late-’80s period from Bad on), the question of whether you cast a black or white actor (or both) to play the part seems like a legitimate thing to ponder. After all, Jackson himself embraced his ever-morphing physical appearance both in life and in his music videos, and so taking creative liberties for a movie about him shouldn’t seem totally out of line, right?
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originally posted by: Blueracer
This is payback for Cedric the Entertainer playing Ralph Kramden in the Honeymooners movie and Michael Clarke Duncan playing the Kingpin in the Daredevil movie and Michael B Jordan playing the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four reboot.
originally posted by: Blueracer
a reply to: Spider879
Thank you for telling me that a person that can turn into flames and fly thru the air is a fictional character. I had no idea.
But seriously, surely you can understand my point. Even if it was in jest.
originally posted by: Rabb420
maybe if jackson didnt bleach the s**t outta his skin then maybe a black actor would be playing him i mean the movie/show/whatever the hell it is, is supposed to be based on a short story that takes place after 9/11 right?
I can dig what you're saying about 'Ptah awards' and can see what you intend by it. Would it create more division? Would it be black industry folk becoming complicit in the skin-colour division? Would Hispanic industry folk be excluded from Ptah Awards? What about mixed people like Alicia Keys? Would it be based on skin shade like the old terms of mulattoes, high-yellows and quadroons?
The boycotts and negative publicity could be better for the cause than copying what was wrong in the first place
originally posted by: MagnaCarta2015
I don't even know of a black actor that could convincingly be MJ, it's not like he had any African features left after he started cutting em off.
As messed up as it is I totally get why they went with a white dude for this part.