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Michael Jackson Told Oprah The Idea Of A White Actor Portraying Him Was 'Ridiculous' & 'Horrifying'! Watch The 1993 Interview Clip!

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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."

Related: Oprah Gets Paid $13.8 Mil For Tweeting Weight Loss Tips!

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:

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Joseph Fiennes Says He's Just 'As Shocked As You' That He's Playing Michael Jackson! And See What He Said About His & MJ's Skin Color!

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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.

Related: Twitter Isn't Happy That Charlie Hunnam Is Playing A Mexican Drug Lord Either!

The story takes place right before September 11, 2001, when Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Thriller singer were

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Charlie Hunnam Is Playing A Mexican Drug Lord — And Twitter Isn't Happy About It! Find Out What People Are Saying!

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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!

Related: Charlie Talks Crying Over Having To Leave 50 Shades Of Grey!

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.

Hollywood white washing is far from a rarity these days. Just this week, Joseph Fiennes was tapped to play Michael Jackson in a road trip drama.

And let's not forget last year when Emma Stone played a Chinese-Hawaiian character in Aloha!

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)!

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Joseph Fiennes & Family Stroll In Love

Through rain, sleet, or snow, Joseph Fiennes and his family can be found taking a stroll!

The Shakespeare In Love actor and his wife Maria Dolores Dieguez carried slash pushed their two cute daughters through Los Angeles on a VERY wet day.

We thought this was the sunshine state? More like the sun DON'T shine state - ha!

If Fiennes' parenting skills are anything like his acting skills, then we are fairly certain his little girls are in good hands.

Those two are so interrelated - sort of.

[Image via National Photo Group.]

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American Horror Story:Asylum Invites You Inside! ENTER HERE!

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Dare we enter the American Horror Story:Asylum?! Hellz YES we dare!

We are insanely obsessed with Ryan Murphy's horror anthology and are dying to see the first episode of its second installment when it premieres October 17th…

But until that fateful day, we can take a guided, behind the scenes tour of the Asylum, led by new and returning cast members (above)!

Oooo that Evan Peters is one sexy psychopath, AND Shakespeare himself Joseph Fiennes, not to mention Zachary Quinto, are looking fine in their doctor whites!

Strap us in your straight-jackets boys, and we'll submit to your every wish!

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Here They Are! ALL The New Characters In American Horror Story: Asylum REVEALED!

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YES! YES! YES!

We've been anxiously awaiting these kind of details about the second season of American Horror Story ever since we found out that Ryan Murphy would be transitioning the series - and some of his actors - from modern day Los Angeles to a Massachusetts mental institution run by nuns in the 1960s!

And now, with the premiere of American Horror Story: Asylum fast approaching, we now know just who exactly Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, and Zachary Quinto will be portraying…as well as new additions Joseph Fiennes, James Cromwell, Chloë Sevigny, Adam Levine and Jenna Dewan!

For example, ch-ch-check out the Maroon 5 frontman (above)!

According to the latest Entertainment Weekly, his character Leo is described as:

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Mark Consuelos Crazy For American Horror Story!

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All my childern mental hospital patients!

The second installment in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story saga will include soap star/Kelly Ripa's adorable hubby Mark Consuelos among its already star-stuffed, manic-mix of cast-members!

Mark joins other new additions to Murphy's institute for the criminally insane: James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Adam Levine, Chloe Sevigny, and french actress Lizzie Brochere.

Production on the 1960's, New England set second season is slated to begin this week, and we are tearing our hair out in agitated anticipation to see all the horrors this insanely talented cast will be put through!

We're sure it will be ghoulishly ghastly!

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