Fiennes lashes out at critics over Jacko role

Joseph Fiennes has blasted critics for their ‘lack of imagination’ after the backlash over his upcoming role as the late King Of Pop – Michael Jackson.

Fiennes is defending himself and his acting career in the wake the controversy over the upcoming half-hour TV special, acknowledging the topic is “sensitive” but never intending it to be divisive.

The actor says he recalls watching a black actress play Marylin Monroe.

“Twenty years ago, I worked for the National Theatre as a dresser”, he said.

“I saw a brilliant actress do Marilyn Monroe. Two critics refused to see it because she was black”.

He added, “She was Marilyn for me – it was a lack of imagination on their part”.

45-year-old Fiennes plays Jackson in Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon on Sky Arts later this year.

TNT Entertainment

 

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