Michael B Jordan is hollywood’s new ‘it guy’, and the actor to watch!
The 28-year recently finally landed the latest cover feature of GQ magazine in honor of his acclaimed success and current marathon run of ‘lead’ roles in blockbuster films ‘Fruitvale Station’, ‘That Awkward Moment’, and ‘The Fantastic Four’.
On November 25th, Jordan is set to unveil yet another powerful performance in the title role ‘Creed’ alongside Sylvester Stallone who produced the film.
” The son of Apollo Creed, Adonis Johnson Creed travels to Philadelphia where he meets the infamous Rocky Balboa [played by Stallone] and requests that the elder boxer train him. “
Jordan and Ryan Coogler [who directed the film] make a great duo; this is the second time the two are joining forces on the big screen.
” I also love telling true stories. I love telling the experience of a black male in America, but modern, not always having to go back to a period piece to remind people where we come from. It’s more a modern sense of where we are today, and where we want to go in the future. So, I try to choose projects somewhere around that space.”
Jordan credits his success to a journey that is often calculated by story lines that speaks to the modern time period.
” Not taking away from anybody that’s done anything. I feel its the next generation’s job to pick up the baton. I fell like alot of old film-makers are victims of their own time period. In a way I feel like a certain racer can only take the race up to a certain leg, until they have to pass it off to the next generation to continue that race.
I feel like, generationally speaking there’s alot of racers that have taken it as far as they can. It’s so interesting, man. There’ no blueprint to what I want to do. You know, we got Leo, we got Tom Hanka, we got Brad Pitt, we got Ben Affleck – they always get the roles and the characters that, you know, fit the mold. When it comes to African-American characters, there’s a huge gap between old school and new school. ”
” I’ve been doing it for so long, like sixteen years and it wasn’t like I got too much fast. It wasn’t like I blew up overnight. I wasn’t a child star. That wasn’t what it was. It was just something that, you know, I grew into it, and fell in love with it as it came along. And I kind of saw it for what it was. I’m always goos seeing five, ten steps ahead. Like, really thinking ahead, you know? Reverse engineering. ”
Head over to GQ for the full article read as Jordan talks about wanting to audition for roles made for white actors only, blurring the line between black and white, rumors of dating/hooking up with Kendall Jenner, the backlash from some black people, and more.