Michael Jackson Once Told Oprah a White Actor Playing Him Would Be 'Horrifying'
So Liz Taylor, Michael Jackson and Marlon Brando go on a road trip. While that sounds like a genius joke set-up (and more recently, a media storm-sparking television one-off), MJ fans don’t seem to be laughing.
Yesterday, it was announced that Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon will indeed be a British TV comedy revolving around the rumored trip Taylor, Jackson, and Brando made across America when they could not catch a plane to California following the 9/11 attacks. White actor Joseph Fiennes of Shakespeare in Love has been cast as the King of Pop, and the Twittersphere is less than thrilled. What would MJ think?
Conveniently, a 23-year-old interview between Jackson and queen of everything Oprah Winfrey has surfaced. During the interview (at 23:48, to be exact), Winfrey asked Jackson about a rumor that he wanted a white child to play him in a Pepsi commercial.
Jackson responded pretty adamantly: "That's the most ridiculous, horrifying story I've ever heard. It's crazy. Why would I want a white child to play me? I'm a black American. I am proud to be a black American. I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am.”
Watch the full interview below.