Last year it was announced that Joseph Fiennes would play the late singer Michael Jackson as part of a Sky Arts comedy. According to Vanity Fair the plot features Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando as they try to get home after 9/11.
However the first pictures released have left people feeling like there's a lot to be desired from how the Shakespeare In Love actor looks dressed up as the iconic popstar.
Joseph Fiennes playing Scott Stapp playing Michael Jackson pic.twitter.com/KNNtXQTMvX— Stephen Staunton (@stephenstaunton) January 10, 2017
Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson looks like that Others parody scene from Scary Movie 3: pic.twitter.com/TAIC6Rukb4— Ross Miller (@rosstmiller) January 10, 2017
Jesus take the wheel and crash this car. pic.twitter.com/5BqYJWStRC— Lauren Warren (@iamlaurenp) January 10, 2017
Why tf is Ashton Kutcher playing Michael Jackson? https://t.co/oDcYO4Zvwg— Julie.♡ (@julie_angelic) January 10, 2017
@TheMJCast This is a disgrace...and after Michael SPECIFICALLY stated that he would be horrified if a white actor played him— Black9 (@BarbaraYeboah4) January 10, 2017
@TheMJCast omg I'm sick go my stomach seeing this. Totally disgusted.— MJFangirl (@MJFanGirlBLOG) January 11, 2017
@TheMJCast this is terrible. How dare they disrespect Michael like this— (@fentzzzy) January 10, 2017
Here's the actual Michael Jackson.
Fiennes responded to the criticism of his casting by saying, “The decision with the casting and the producers — I wrangled with it, I was confused and shocked at what might come my way, and I knew the sensitivity, especially to Michael’s fans and to Michael’s family."
He went on to say, “This is quite right, why people are up in arms. I’m a full believer in making the playing field fair. When it is fair, we can have a conversation about this project and it wouldn’t cause outrage.”
The project is meant to be a comedy so it remains to be seen if the poor resemblance is purposeful.