Who’s playing Michael Jackson in new road trip flick?

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Michael Jackson

By Christine Anne Piesyk

A white man chosen to play Michael Jackson? For a moment I thought I’d slept through until April 1 (April Fool’s Day).

Yes, Joseph Fiennes has been chosen for the role  in a made-for-TV drama. Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon,  about a post 9-11 road trip that will  run on  British channel Sky Arts.

opinionThis announcement comes at the same time that the Oscars (Academy Awards) — and the movie industry — are being hauled over the coals over the lack of good roles for black actors.

Now Fiennes is a great actor, but really — are you telling me they can’t find a black actor or a newcomer whose ticket to success would be a role like this?

I can think back over time of some phenomenal roles for blacks — the TV miniseries “Roots,” “The Color Purple,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “The Butler” — and a number of other films in all genres — “Men in Black,” “Independence Day,””Beverly Hills Cop”  — that have helped make careers. Still, major roles for blacks are scant.

Michael Jackson is legendary, a groundbreaking performer who spiraled to a sudden death at age 50. Regardless of the upheavals of his life — including charges of child molestation — his music and theatricality proved him to be an amazing showman.

Respect the man and the legend and find a black actor who can bring that legend to life. He deserves no less.



About Author

Christine Anne Piesyk has been a journalist for more than 50 years. Her credits include positions as Editor in Chief, Managing Editor, Staff Writer specializing in education, leisure living, food and arts and entertainment. She was co-producer, writer and on air persona for the Entertainment Review for 25 years. Now "retired," she finds herself working on online websites and as a book editor. In her other life, she is a costume designer in her daughter's company, Gemini Dream Designs.

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