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."
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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: