Urban Myths is a UK TV show that features, among many other strange and confusing things, Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson.
You see, according to a Vanity Fair article, shortly after 9/11 Michael Jackson took a road trip with Elizabeth Taylor (played here by Stockard Channing) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox). Totally crazy, and deserving of a completely batshit TV series like Urban Myths apparently is. And if that weren’t enough, this show appears to have actors portraying many other famous and infamous people.
Just… see for yourself:
Fiennes had this to say about his controversial role in 2016:
“[Jackson] definitely had an issue, a pigmentation issue, and that’s something I do believe. He was probably closer to my color than his original color… [It’s] not in any way malicious. It’s actually endearing.”
Channing and Brian Cox look spot on in their roles. As for the rest of the cast, they look fine I guess. I don’t really know what to say or do after watching this. Is it offensive having Fiennes play Michael Jackson? Or is this entire thing just offensive and weird and totally insane? That’s probably the right answer.
However, Iwan Rheon, a.k.a. Ramsay Bolton, as Hitler is an inspired bit of casting. There’s no word on when Urban Myths gets going across the pond, so keep your eyes peeled for updates.
Probably elsewhere… I can’t post anymore of those pictures.