Urban Myths UK gives audiences its first look at Michael Jackson as portrayed by Joseph Fiennes.
The TV series gained notoriety last year when it announced Joseph Fiennes’ casting as Michael Jackson. Indeed, fans of the King of Pop expressed outrage at the production for using a white actor.
In response to the controversy, director Ben Palmer comes to the defense of the casting decision. According to him, the choice was not about how close Fiennes’ appearance was to Jackson’s, The Guardian reports.
Director defends Urban Myths UK from Whitewashing charges
“We were casting Michael Jackson in 2001 and that obviously is a challenge in terms of the physical resemblance. We were really looking for the performance that could unlock the spirit, and we really think Joe Fiennes has done that. He’s given a really sweet, nuanced, characterful performance,” Palmer said.
Moreover, Palmer encourages everyone to watch the celebrity Urban Myths UK episode about Michael Jackson. Indeed, he is curious to see how people would react afterward. Would they maintain their disapproval of it or would they like it?
“It’s a really lovely, sweet film. I’m really looking forward to seeing how people react once they’ve actually seen it,” Palmer added.
Urban Myths Trailer Offers Sneak Peek
The trailer for the Urban Myths UK features snippets from its latest collection went online recently, TVLine reports. Naturally, the episode featuring Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando is part of it.
The clip features Joseph Fiennes, Stockard Channing, and Brian Cox, in their respective roles. The traffic officer who pulls over their car had an interesting reaction to seeing Michael Jackson aka Joseph Fiennes. Then again, anyone who has likely met the King of Pop in person would be in awe. Regardless of skin color.
The premise for the episode is based on an article in Vanity Fair published in 2011. Apparently, it alleged the three celebrities went on a road trip following the 9/11 attacks. Their destination at the time was Ohio. Urban Myths UK begins on Sky Arts this January 19 at 10 pm.
Image source: Twitter/Michael Jackson