Sky Arts are producing a movie about the story of Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando who go on a road trip following the 9/11 terror attacks.
Vanity Fair released details of the road trip in an interview with Tim Mendelson, Taylor’s former personal assistant.
‘Brando allegedly annoyed his colleagues by stopping at every KFC and Burger King they passed along the highway,’
‘One can only imagine the shock their appearance caused at gas stations and rest stops across America.’ writes Vanity Fair reporter Sam Kashner.
Stockard Channing is set to play Liz and Brian Cox Marlon, with Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson.
But people are little confused with the casting for the role of Michael Jackson:
Wait wait wait. Joseph Fiennes is playing MJ? This wasn't a joke?
— This Is Rochelle (@RR416) January 27, 2016
Congratulations to noted African-American actor Joseph Fiennes on being cast as Michael Jackson…
— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) January 27, 2016
The world's reaction to Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson pic.twitter.com/EGLKYSETIO
— AL (@MissSchliez) January 27, 2016
Huge mistake casting Joseph Fiennes as MJ when you already have a Fiennes who's used to playing nose-less psychos. pic.twitter.com/1DRiolhJEY
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) January 26, 2016
Joseph, famous for his role in Shakespeare In Love, said the role is ‘a challenge’.
‘It doesn’t poke mean fun but it’s a story, possibly urban legend, whereby Michael, Marlon Brando, and Liz Taylor were all together the day before 9/11 doing a concert. Airspace was shut down and they couldn’t get out and Michael had the bright idea to go to hire a car and drive,’ the British actor explained to WENN.
‘So the three of them got in a car and drove 500 miles to Los Angeles. It took them a while because they had to stop at a lot of Burger Kings for Marlon; but they got out! It’s a lovely thing about Michael’s relationship with Liz Taylor and Marlon Brando. It’s a fun, light-hearted tongue in cheek road trip of what celebrity of that kind is like. But also it’s rather beautiful and poignant about their relationships as well.’