Last year, it was announced that a new “road trip comedy” was being produced by Sky Arts. It drew much flak over the casting of Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson. Accordingly, the lighthearted Ben Palmer-directed show entitled Urban Myths is an attempt to tell the story of Hollywood stars post 9/11. Now, with the show’s first trailer, get your first glimpse on Fiennes as the iconic pop star. A word of warning- it’s not pretty.
Michael Jackson story on Urban Myths
Yahoo! reports that UK’s Sky Arts new TV program sparked outrage among fans when Urban Myths was first announced. Now with a new trailer, it doesn’t seem that fans are backing down anytime. The newest trailer gives viewers their first look on Fiennes as Jackson (2001 look) opposite Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando.
The same publication notes that a 2011 Vanity Fair article claims that Jackson, Taylor, and Brando went on a road trip to Ohio after the 9/11 attack. Urban Myths will tell the story of that alleged roadtrip in all its satirical glory. However, not many fans are pleased.
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Michael Jackson and other prominent names in the show
Moreover, TV Line also reports that the trailer also features several other famous personalities in the show. Stars like Game of Thrones‘ Iwan Rheon will play the role of Adolf Hitler. Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint will be playing his yet-to-be-named sidekick.
Early last year, Fiennes opened up to Entertainment Tonight about the growing hate surrounding his role. “Jackson definitely had an issue, a pigmentation issue, and that’s something I do believe. He was probably closer to my color than his original color,” he said. Fiennes also insisted that his portrayal is “not in any way malicious. It’s actually endearing.”
Fiennes’ casting last year erupted much debate in the online world. Many fans claimed it was inappropriate for the Brit to play a black man, even if Jackson suffered from the melanin-depleting disease vitiligo.
Me after I saw Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson pic.twitter.com/YuqgCXT0CI
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