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Actor Joseph Fiennes shocks the public with his portrayal of Michael Jackson


English actor Joseph Fiennes may be known for his portrayal of William Shakespeare in "Shakespeare in Love" but that's about to change. 

In a recently released trailer for a new comedy show called "Urban Myths: A Brand New Collection of Comedies," Fiennes emerged as a crazed and ghastly Michael Jackson. Negative reactions to Fiennes' portrayal of the King of Pop is fueling past criticism that the actor should never have been cast for the role in the first place.

Fiennes makes his first appearance in the trailer at :17.

After it was announced last year that Fiennes would play Michael Jackson, controversy immediately followed. Many were angry that a white actor was cast to portray an African American, which, they saw as confirmation to racial bias in Hollywood. 

In an exclusive interview with the Associated Press, Fiennes defended his role while simultaneously acknowledging the sensitivity of the subject. Ultimately, he said, the comedic perspective of the TV show created an environment where he could explore his artistic expression.

He said, "One must determine if this portrayal is one that is going to be positive entertainment, and one that will not bring about division and put anyone's noses out of joint, so I went with the mind that this was a positive light-hearted comedy."

But that's not stopping backlash on social media.

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