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.