Joseph Fiennes Playing Michael Jackson In "Urban Myths" Is Best Thing About 2017, So Far

Submitted by: fancylad 1 year ago in Entertainment

This is why I love the comedic arts in the UK -- they will push a premise all the way to the brink of ridiculous, then say, "We should get Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson!" 

That must've been what one of the producers of "Urban Myths" said out loud in a casting meeting because it happened and it's pretty great if we're to go by the Sky Arts trailer. Before I did any research and just saw the clip, I thought this was another British drama that recreated mythical moments in pop culture. A little digging showed that "Urban Myths" is a comedy, a very dry British comedy -- my favorite kind of British comedy. 

In short, "Urban Myths" recreates infamous, mythical events in pop culture and it's marvelous -- I can't tell if it's a one-off or a series, but there are several urban myths that are delved into. In Fiennes' segment, we witness what it might have been like when Marlon Brando (played by Brian Cox), Elizabeth Taylor (a brassy Stockard Channing) and Jackson fled New York City for Ohio in a rental car after the 9/11 attacks. I'd give anything to have been the fourth on that road trip.

There's also a good retelling of a Hitler (played by Iwan Rheon) and his friend, played by Rupert Grint), and a segment about a post-electric Bob Dylan. You can't make this stuff up! 

Hilarity ensues on January 19 on the U.K.'s Sky Arts and you can bet there'll be a full review from IAB after.,
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Wait...this is for realz!  I have always heard about that rumor with MJ, Taylor and Brando renting a car and driving east...oh the hilarity!