Michael Jackson tells Oprah he never wants to be played by white actor during 1993 interview

| January 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

Via: thegrio.com

Michael Jackson might be turning over in his grave after learning that he’s going to be played in a TV series by white British actor Joseph Fiennes.

Fiennes responded to backlash from fans that he would be portraying the king of pop in upcoming U.K. comedy about Jackson’s life in 2001.

“I’m a white, middle-class guy from London,” Fiennes told ET. “I’m as shocked as you may be.”

Ultimately, Fiennes believes that the race issue can be overlooked in this particular instance.

“[Jackson] definitely had an issue — a pigmentation issue — and that’s something I do believe,” the Shakespeare in Love star explained. “He was probably closer to my color than his original color.”

During Jackson’s infamous interview with Oprah Winfrey at his Neverland Ranch in 1993, he was adamant that he never wanted to be portrayed on-screen by a white actor.

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