Paris Jackson Says Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson ‘Makes Me Want To Vomit’
Paris Jackson saw the trailer for Urban Myths, and she really, REALLY isn’t a fan of Joseph Fiennes’ portrayal of her father, Michael Jackson. Considering he’s a white, British male in terrible prosthetics and makeup, we can’t exactly say we blame Paris for how she feels.
Basically, Paris put the filmmakers behind Urban Myths on blast, not just for their depiction of her late father, but also for how they’re making a mockery of his late best friend, Elizabeth Taylor, her godmother. In the film, Taylor will be played by Emmy winner and Oscar nominee Stockard Channing. At the very least, she fares a little bit better in the makeup department than Fiennes. But Paris still isn’t happy about any of it.
“I’m so incredibly offended by it, as i’m sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit,” Paris wrote in a series of tweets. “It angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother liz as well.”
The movie is a made-for-TV flick depicting some of Hollywood’s biggest urban legends. The Michael Jackson segment recounts the urban legend about the pop star escaping New York after 9/11 in a road trip with Taylor and Hollywood icon Marlon Brandon, who is played in the film by Brian Cox. Although the legend has been debunked, the movie is still exploring the story as a sort of “What if?” narrative. However, Paris would rather they just left well enough alone, as she views this entire enterprise as one long act of disrespect.
“Where is the respect? They worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies,” Paris continued. “Shameful portrayal. … He made a point of it plenty of times to express his pride in his roots. He would never have wanted this.”
One would have to think that even if the portrayal had been respectful, and they had cast a different actor in the role, this would still be rough on Paris. Michael Jackson’s death must still be pretty raw for her, and one would imagine it always will be, especially considering the spiral of depression she suffered afterwards, culminating in a suicide attempt. She seems to be doing a lot better now than she was before, but films like this probably won’t help. So it’s hard to really blame her for how she feels, especially since this entire film is being played for laughs.
But what do you think about what Paris Jackson had to say about Joseph Fiennes’ portrayal of her father? Sound off in the comments!
And for more on Urban Myths, watch the trailer to find out just how ridiculous this movie truly is!