Michael Jackson never wanted a white actor to play him, according to a comment he made to Oprah Winfrey years before his death. The decision to cast white actor Joseph Fiennes to play the controversial pop star has sparked backlash from some who feel not only should a black actor should portray Jackson, but believe a lack of diversity exists in the entertainment industry.
Joseph Fiennes was chosen to play Michael Jackson in the British comedy television series, Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon. In the 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Jackson addressed rumors that he wanted a white boy to play him in a Pepsi commercial. The pop star said nothing could be further from the truth. He referred to himself as a proud black American and would never welcome having an individual from another race portray him.