Michael B. Jordan is very serious about his acting career as well as the impact he can have on society depending on his roles, which is why he won’t just take on anything in Hollywood! During a chat with Insecure star Issa Rae that was part of Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ segment, the Black Panther star opened up about one decision he made after he was part of Fruitvale Station.
According to Jordan, after the movie was released, he told his agents that he had no intention to audition for any roles created for black men.
‘I said, I don’t want it. I want to only go for, like, white males. That’s it. Me playing that role’s going to make it what it is. I do not want any pre-bias on the character,’ Michael told Issa.
Sure enough, the role earned him a lot of critical praise and got him more successful roles in projects like Fantastic Four and Creed.
Issa also talked about the fact that she has noticed a positive change in the way actresses are expected to look like.
She recalled how her agents would send her offers for roles she did not think were possible to land based on her race, but ever since Black Panther, things seem to have changed for the better.
‘If it were a leading woman of a certain type, I just knew the type they would go for, so I am just not going to even bother. People have been receptive. Even just the confidence that a movie like [Black Panther] and other films by filmmakers of color that have come out have just changed what people perceive as a leading lady, as the beautiful person, the daring or the bold action-adventure type. That just feels so dope to me,’ Issa told Michael.