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Get a first look at Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in Urban Myths

01.11.2017

Some time ago people got in a tiff when it was announced that Joseph Fiennes (SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, ENEMY AT THE GATES) would be playing Michael Jackson during the later years of his life in a TV movie alongside Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando. Controversial hubbub aside, it’s impossible to imagine Fiennes as the late popstar and not think, "Wow that's gonna be weeeeeeird." Though we get only a brief look at him in the first trailer for the Sky Arts series, Urban Myths, I think an odd, off-kilter performance is exactly what we’re gonna get.

Behold The Bard as the King of Pop below!

Like I said, people were upset when they cast the thespian as Jackson, but you can see the creators of the series had no intention of depicting any of these famous figures in a serious, dramatic light. I mean, you have Iwan Rheon (GAME OF THRONES) playing Hitler, Rupert Grint (HARRY POTTER) as “Hitler’s friend”, Eddie Marsan (THE WORLD’S END) as Bob Dylan and, again, Brian Cox as Marlon Brando. Seriously, Marlon f@cking Brando. But the thing is the series has a marvelpus cast and the trailer does its job of making it look appealing in the most absurd way, and I hope this anthology series of sorts makes its way to us on this side of the pond. Plus it's nice to see Grint in something. I like to know he's doing okay, you know?

URBAN MYTHS will air on Sky Arts sometime this year.

Source: Sky Arts

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10:15PM on 01/11/2017
Have you been up my wishing tree?
Have you been up my wishing tree?
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5:35PM on 01/11/2017

Satire

Wow some people really really don't get satire - fuck me guys Sky Arts is all about reimagining and this is very much about parody or black humour get with the programme and stop being so pedantic
Wow some people really really don't get satire - fuck me guys Sky Arts is all about reimagining and this is very much about parody or black humour get with the programme and stop being so pedantic
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2:31PM on 01/11/2017

Holy crap

Well if they ever do another Charlie and the chocolate factory we know who they can choose. he looks pretty dead on as MJ.
Well if they ever do another Charlie and the chocolate factory we know who they can choose. he looks pretty dead on as MJ.
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2:02PM on 01/11/2017
Stockard Channing looks amazing as Liz Taylor.
Stockard Channing looks amazing as Liz Taylor.
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1:22PM on 01/11/2017

He looks nothing like him...

Just making a white guy pale doesn't turn him into Michael Jackson. The face is off, the voice is off and his nose isn't sliding off (old Howard Stern joke)
Just making a white guy pale doesn't turn him into Michael Jackson. The face is off, the voice is off and his nose isn't sliding off (old Howard Stern joke)
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12:49PM on 01/11/2017
What is even going on here
What is even going on here
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10:51AM on 01/11/2017
Hilarious.
Hilarious.
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10:31AM on 01/11/2017
So insulting. Why couldn't they get Janet or even LaToya to play him?
So insulting. Why couldn't they get Janet or even LaToya to play him?
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9:52AM on 01/11/2017
Oh lord.. lol... they went there
Oh lord.. lol... they went there
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8:31AM on 01/11/2017

No.

Looks horrendous for reasons that don't even involve the controversial casting.
Looks horrendous for reasons that don't even involve the controversial casting.
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8:21AM on 01/11/2017
Whitewashing! ... kind of.... I don't know
Whitewashing! ... kind of.... I don't know
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