OMG, Hollywood. You dumb. And a sucker for punishment.
Joseph Fiennes – the super-white English star of Shakespeare in Love – is going to play circa-2001 Michael Jackson in a new road trip dramedy about the New York-to-California journey the late King of Pop, his BFF Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando (may they all rest) reportedly went on following the events of 9/11. Stockard Channing and Brian Cox are set to portray Taylor and Brando.
But back to this bit of wacky casting news.
Why would the powers that be go in this direction?
Because Fiennes’ bone structure is that similar to Jackson...?
Look. I get that a black actor probably couldn’t physically pull off playing the Michael Jackson of that era. We all know why. But why, oh why would anyone think it’s a hot idea to move forward with this zeitgeist-deaf project?