Here’s Your First Look At Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson

So…this is a real thing.

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About a year ago, Sky Arts announced that Joseph Fiennes (a white man) would be playing Michael Jackson (a black man) in a new series called Urban Myths.

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People were legitimately upset, understandably confused how a white man would be taking on this role. But Fiennes, who is a well-credited actor, didn’t see any issues with a white man playing the role.

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“[Jackson] definitely had an issue – a pigmentation issue – and that’s something I do believe,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “He was probably closer to my color than his original color.”

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But Fiennes did acknowledge that it wasn’t an easy decision.

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“The decision with the casting and the producers — I wrangled with it, I was confused and shocked at what might come my way, and I knew the sensitivity, especially to Michael’s fans and to Michael’s family,” he said. “This is quite right, why people are up in arms. I’m a full believer in making the playing field fair. When it is fair, we can have a conversation about this project and it wouldn’t cause outrage.”

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Here's Your First Look At Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson

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Joseph Fiennes, in “Shakespeare in Love”

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Honestly, I think most people forgot this was a thing that was happening. Until today, that is.

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Sky Arts released images and a short clip of Fiennes as the musical icon and it’s…………………..definitely something.

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Here's Your First Look At Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson

I just…wow.

I don’t think I’ve seen a positive reaction as of yet to these new images. But many people aren’t even mad. They’re just over it.

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Emma C
Freelance Writer