A new Sky Arts series, Urban Myths, revolves around a story that’s been doing the rounds on the internet for a while.
Namely, a road trip purportedly taken by Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando after September 11.
Actor Joseph Fiennes, of ‘Shakespeare in Love’ fame, is the subject of some controversy over being a white, British thespian cast as Michael Jackson, an African American superstar.
Fiennes claims this shouldn’t matter: “Jackson definitely had an issue – a pigmentation issue – and that’s something I do believe,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “He was probably closer to my colour than his original colour.”
Check out the trailer below and decide for yourself.
The series’ urban myth, which was detailed in a Vanity Fair article, is about the day three icons went on a little jaunt through the mid-west of America.
It starts with Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Marlon Brando being in New York at the same time as the attacks. Jackson had been playing a concert at Madison Square Garden, and invited the two acting greats and close friends of his, along for the ride.
They eventually found themselves trapped in the city as the towers fell to the ground, prompting the trio to attempt to escape, as they apparently assumed they would be the next targets.
In the 2011 piece titled ‘Liz Taylor, Michael Jackson, and Marlon Brando Star in …Escape From New York!’ Sam Kashner writes:
“A former employee of Michael Jackson’s says that Michael, like General Washington, led his entourage to a temporary safe haven in New Jersey, before the three superstars took to the open road. ‘They actually got as far as Ohio—all three of them, in a car they drove themselves!’ he recalls.”
Who knows if this happened, we at loaded sort of hope it did.
Urban Myths also features tales about Bob Dylan, Cary Grant and Hitler – who is notably played by Game of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon, or, as we all know him – the dastardly Ramsey Bolton.
The series start January 19th on Sky.