4YE Spotlight: Why Michael B. Jordan Is Totally Freaking Awesome

Credit: The Daily Beast
Credit: The Daily Beast

Michael B. Jordan is definitely a name that you all should know and love.

And it’s not just because I adore the man, even though I’ve been a fan of his for years. I’m super excited that he’s becoming a bigger celebrity to watch.

I will give you a guarantee that in a couple of years, he will be on every A-List that you can imagine. You mark my words.

With upcoming roles in the hotly anticipated Fantastic Four and Creed, Jordan is bond to get a more international notice. His previous film roles in Chronicle and the critically acclaimed (but Academy-shunned) Fruitvale Station showed the depth and grounding of his talent. (Seriously he was robbed of an Academy Award nod for his performance in that film. I will fight anyone who says otherwise.)

Credit: The Weinstein Company
Credit: The Weinstein Company

While I’m not a fan of Friday Night Lights personally, my best friend is, and she still gets overcome with feels about his character on that show.

He could be charming and funny just as quickly as he could be serious and dramatic. Every performance had a reality to it that made you want to see him all the more on your screen. He’s just electrifying to watch on screen and with this almost magnetic ability to connect with his audience.

That is a mark of a truly great actor.

And, to be shallow for a moment, have you seen him?

Credit: GQ
Credit: GQ

Yeah. Sorry for the shallowness, but he’s really hot.

Also Jordan is just such a giving cast mate, Kate Mara will play his sister, Sue Storm, in the upcoming Fantastic Four film. And they are just adorable offset: calling each other “bro” and “sis”.

I just love it so much when cast mates give love to each other like this.

Michael B. Jordan will be starring in the reboot of Fantastic Four at the end of the summer. And the decision to cast him was considered controversial. It is total crap that this is even a controversy; the best actor should play the best role for the part. And heroes, any kind of heroes, come in every size, shape, and color.

Recently, in a penned article for Entertainment Weekly, Jordan wrote about dealing with backlash for his casting as the Human Torch. In the piece, which is short and powerful and eloquent, Jordan reminded me of just why I admire him as an actor of talent and as a good person who wants to see change in the world.

He wrote the following.

Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, “I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. I’ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” I put that responsibility on myself. People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won’t talk about it as much. Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.” Or maybe we have to reach past them.

I don’t really have anything to add to this because some quotes and actions and phrases, they just have to speak for themselves in the end.

And Michael B. Jordan’s? They speak volumes.

Bec Heim
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