Joseph Fiennes takes on the role of Roman soldier in his latest film, Risen, a faith-based production about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
The 45-year-old actor went all in on the training for the movie, even attending “gladiator school” to learn more about the part and its historical context.
“He's part of a death squad, if you like, that oversees the crucifixion of Christ,” Fiennes told ET of his character. “Then, only a number of days later, he's confronted by the very man he put to death.”
"I'm a white, middle-class guy from London, I'm as shocked as you may be." Fiennes exclusively told ET of playing the King of Pop in Sky Arts’ Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, a “light tongue-in-cheek look” at an urban legend about Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor and Jackson taking a road trip together after they were unable to catch a flight out of New York City due to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
"It's kind of off the wall, but the writing is a delight, and the kind of interaction between the three of them is funny, and also full of pathos," he added. "It's people who are so iconic, but also can be detached. You know, you can get detached from society. So it's examining that kind of wonderful and mad detachment."