After it was reported that Joseph Fiennes would be playing Michael Jackson in an upcoming British TV movie, many critics found the casting choice a perfect example of the entertainment industry's lack of minority representation!
The Shakespeare In Love actor claimed due to Jackson's skin pigmentation, casting a white guy to play the King of Pop in the 9/11 road trip comedy Elizabeth, Michael, and Marlonwasn't a big deal, explaining:
"He was probably closer to my color than his original color."
But the late music legend was always against the prospect of a white actor playing him on the screen, telling Oprah Winfrey back in 1993 that the idea was "ridiculous."
In the clip, which has resurfaced on the internet in the wake of the casting controversy, Oprah asked MJ about the rumors in which he reportedly requested a young white actor to play him in a Pepsi commercial!
The Billie Jean singer blasted the reports, saying:
"That is so stupid. That's the most ridiculous, horrifying story I've ever heard. It's crazy…Number one, it's my face as a child in the commercial. Me when I was little. Why would I want a white child to play me? I'm a black American. I'm a black American. I'm proud to be a black American. I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am."
We can only imagine he feels the same way about a white actor portraying his likeness as an adult!
Watch a clip of the interview (below) to hear the words straight from MJ's mouth!
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