Michael B Jordan, or as fans know him, Adonis Creed, or Erik Killmonger, is focused primarily these days, on securing roles for himself that are outside of the usual Hollywood type-casted characters.
According to Jordan, he’s determined to get roles that are typically meant for white actors, rather than black, as a means of fighting back against type-casting in Hollywood based on race and ethnicity.
His previous two characters, Adonis, and Erik were written specifically for a black man, and he’s looking to get something outside of that. Lately, the entertainment world has concerned itself with gender, race, and other identity stereotypes, with many performers looking to break the barriers once and for all.
When Michael sat down with Issa Rae for Variety’s “Actor to Actor,” the actor said that he told his agents that he no longer wanted roles strictly for African-Americans.
Michael said, “me playing that role is going to make what it is,” before stating that he wanted to “go for any white males.” According to the breakout star, he doesn’t want anything to do with roles that have “pre-bias.”
Jordan believes that writers often create scripts with stereotypes in mind, and there’s a slight bias because of it. The actor revealed that his first role which was formerly for a white person was in the 2012 science-fiction film, Chronicle.
He played Steve Montgomery, a character formerly titled, Steve Kaczynski, who was supposed to be a white teenager. Moreover, the Black Panther star spoke on the fact that many roles in Hollywood aren’t written for black men.
He said there are a limited amount of roles for black men, and because of that, every black man in Hollywood is going after that same character, creating a sort of cutthroat competition for it. It encourages tokenism and unnecessary conflict.