The comments that sent Twitter into a tizzy-about “not seeing color” and possibly dating Kendall Jenner-is just one quote removed from context in an interview where Jordan, rather forcefully, states his ambitions as a young black actor in Hollywood.
With his unique choice of character roles, easygoing personality and enviable clothing choices, actor Michael B. Jordan has managed to not only blow fans away on screen, but he’s also known to steal some hearts in the process.
But, as GQ points out, the actor doesn’t seem to really believe he will only play white roles going forward; in fact, Jordan is attached to star as Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson in a new adaptation of the attorney’s book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. They see white and black. He notes, “Kendall’s a friend of mine, you know”.
“People’s perspective on that is what it is”, he continued. I don’t f*cking know.
They’re lofty ambitions, and frankly, Jordan sounds more than a little douchey talking about wanting people to forget about that other Michael Jordan when they hear his name.
The Fantastic Four star expressed his frustration at the situation: ‘It’s the world we live in. It’s so weird, though, right? A lot of black fans were feeling, like. “The Fruitvale Station” actor said, “At the end of the day, that’s all that matters to me is my family, bro. I’m 28. I’ve got a year and a half left”, he tells the publication. You know-it’s 2015. It’s okay!
The portrait that GQ interviewer paints of Jordan isn’t exactly flattering, but he doesn’t come across as thoughtless either.
‘Um, I try and be focused. I don’t f***ing know. In order to keep himself from playing stereotypical black roles and prevent his mother from ever seeing him die on screen again, Jordan has created new rules for his acting agenda and his agent. Sound off below then head over to GQ for more from his interview! He cites Leonardo DiCaprio and Ryan Gosling as two of his idols. I’m good at that”, he said, adding, “I’m emotionally unavailable. Until I find something that’s so undeniable that I can’t help myself, ‘.
According to a Daily Beast report, Jordan also voiced his support for the “All Lives Matter” movement via his Snapchat account.