When talking to The Mirror, the actor said of Michael Jackson: "I think it was fortuitous that he died. He was supposed to be doing 50 concerts in London. It wouldn't have mattered how good or bad he was. He wouldn't have managed to do them all and the press would have destroyed him... He was a freak. He looked like a character from Shrek. He was a black to white minstrel. He was crucified by that court case when he was accused of child molestation - that killed him. He personified the pain anxiety of a black man in a slave country. We all watched as he changed from black to white. He was living performance art."

That's nice, Rupert. Why don't you just save yourself the hassle and tell us what play/movie you're trying to bring attention to by being uncharacteristically charming? Wild Target, OK. Play or a film? OOOooh, a film! Well done. You've not been in one of those for a while. And you have a TV show about Lord Byron airing on Channel 4 next Monday too? Goody.