On September 10, 2001, Michael Jackson performed a gig at Maddison Square Garden in New York City. He'd invited two close friends, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando, to come and enjoy the show.
When two Boeing 767s obliterated the World Trade Center the following day, MJ and his buddies needed to travel back to California.
So, The Three Of Them Decided To Rent A Car And Went On A Road Trip
As all flights were cancelled, the trio decided to beat it, and did so by renting a streetcar possibly not called desire.
In what is possibly the most thrilling anecdote any living mortal has ever heard, the threesome travelled over 400 miles to Ohio, or some other place in the sun.
And Now, The Journey Is Getting Made Into A Movie Called 'Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon'
Which is fine — the premise is amazing. As are the little details, such as Marlon Brando allegedly forcing the three of them to stop off at Burger King and KFC along the way so he could stuff his Oscar-winning face with fast food. Imagine the bewildered glances they got?
However, this is where the TV movie, which is being produced for Sky Arts in the UK, gets a little strange.
Firstly, Michael Jackson Will Be Played By White British Actor Joseph Fiennes
The King of Pop did have fair skin due to vitiligo, but there is no escaping the fact that MJ was an African American, and there are a multitude of talented black actors who could've portrayed the role.
Also, Rizzo From 'Grease' Is Playing Elizabeth Taylor
Yup, Stockard Channing, a.k.a. Rizzo will be playing the role of Taylor, while Scottish actor Brian Cox is Marlon Brando. At least they look a lot more like their real life counterparts than Fiennes...
"A Tongue-In-Cheek Road Trip"
45-year-old British actor Joseph Fiennes is ready and willing to take on the challenge of portraying one of the music industry's most famous idols in the TV film written by Neil Forsyth. He said:
“It’s a fun, lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek road trip of what celebrity of that kind is like. But also it’s rather beautiful and poignant about their relationships.”
However, the road trip myth the movie is based upon may not actually be true. One of Elizabeth Taylor's assistants claims the events didn't happen.
Which leads me on to a brutally honest synopsis: the film based on the (possibly untrue) A-list road trip with MJ portrayed by a white guy, Rizzo from Grease, and King Lear in a comedy centered around 9/11. Sounds like an easy pitch.
Unfortunately For Fiennes, Many Fans Have Reacted Negatively To His Casting On Twitter:
Perhaps unsurprising, no?