There's no way we could be this lucky... right?!
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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 Marlon wasn'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:
Earlier this week, Joseph Fiennes made headlines after it was reported the actor will be portraying Michael Jackson in an upcoming British TV movie.
Fans of the King of Pop were a bit surprised to find out that a white British guy would be playing MJ, and Fiennes himself admits:
"I'm a white, middle-class guy from London. I'm as shocked as you may be."
The 9/11 road trip movie Elizabeth, Michael, and Marlon is a "light tongue-and-cheek look" at an urban legend that appeared in a May 2011 Vanity Fair article.
The story takes place right before September 11, 2001, when Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Thriller singer were
Since the #OscarsSoWhite controversy ignited this month, tons celebs have started a dialogue about the lack of diversity in Hollywood.
And this discussion couldn't come at a worse time for Charlie Hunnam, who was just cast to play a Mexican-American drug lord in an upcoming biopic!
The Sons Of Anarchy star will take on the lead role in American Drug Lord, based on the life of Edgar Valdez Villarreal.
Often known as "La Barbie" due to his light skin, blue eyes, and blond hair, the Texas native went on to become the only U.S. citizen to possess a leadership position in the Mexican drug cartel!
But Twitter isn't too happy about the British hunk playing someone of Mexican descent — understandably so, since we're at a point where stars feel the need to protest award shows for not properly representing minority talent.
Even though Valdez Villarreal was known for his blue eyes and blonde hair, social media thinks the studio should have cast, well, NOT a British white dude to play a Mexican character!
Read the tweets (below)!
Our minds just exploded!
Joseph Fiennes just scored the most unlikely role of all time…
Playing Michael Jackson in a TV drama!
No, we are not sh*tting you! The project for SkyArts is about a road trip that the King Of Pop took with besties Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando to escape New York after 9/11.
The wacky story was reported in a 2011 issue of Vanity Fair, and according to sources, the zany trio made it all the way to Ohio!
However, other sources discredit such a tale. According to Brando's former assistant, the actor stayed behind in New York.
According to Fiennes
A source told RadarOnline:
"Doctors found a growth on Janet's vocal cords that could be serious. It's a medical condition that has to be taken care of immediately."
Well if this proves to be true, we have a feeling Michael Jackson's sis won't be kicking of the 2016 leg of her Unbreakable world tour on January 9.
To make matters worse, if this growth is in fact cancerous, the Grammy winner's career