Michael B. Jordan has never avoided taking a risk. From his first major role as the conflicted Wallace (RIP) in
For him, portraying Killmonger in
Ryan Coogler (or in Jordan’s words, “our fearless leader”) at the helm has a lot do with this thoughtful storytelling.
So how did Jordan make the jump from a crime scene in a BART stop to the techno-paradise of Wakanda? “I’ve always wanted to earn that respect and do projects that show my acting chops, [but] having the opportunity to do bigger projects that really play with my imagination is always fun.”
Although he enjoys the escapism of superhero movies and action-packed fun, he doesn’t plan to leave behind real-world settings anytime soon. “I have a lot of other projects in the works that are more grounded and definitely have that ‘hide the medicine in the food’ mentality of being socially aware and progressive, telling the right message and being responsible storytellers,” he says. “When it’s all said and done, I’d like to have a well-balanced career with things that you go to the movie theater to eat popcorn and enjoy [but] that have a lot of substance to them, and also some very gritty, grounded projects with real characters that represent the people you see around you every day.”
Part of that initiative involves going behind the camera with his new production company, Outlier Society Productions. The aim of Outlier Society, Jordan says, is to create opportunities for young, multicultural actors and creatives who aren’t interested in conforming to stereotypes. “I wanted to start creating opportunities for actors out there that weren’t so cut-and-dried…My ultimate goal with Outlier is to give these young creatives and young creative hustlers the opportunity to leave their fingerprint on the world.”
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So what risks will Jordan be taking next—and will they be in front of or behind the camera? “I think it’ll be a nice balance of doing both,” he says. “For me, I really enjoy telling stories and helping the younger generation, young actors to have the same opportunity I did.”
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