Chris Evans Passes The HUMAN TORCH To Michael B. Jordan
Before Chris Evans became the Sentinel of Liberty in the Captain America and Avengers films, he was the wise-cracking and cocky Johnny Storm for Fox in their two Fantastic Four films. Evans has moved on (in many ways) since his Fantastic Four days, but he still feels a connection to the role. Michael B. Jordan will be the second actor to play the Human Torch on the big screen when director Josh Trank‘s reboot actually gets rolling, and Evans seems to have come to terms with the fact someone else will be putting on the form-fitting uniform.
Speaking with The Daily News while on the press junked for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Evans was asked what he thought about Jordan coming in and taking up the metaphorical torch. The actor isn’t completely thrilled someone else gets to do it, but he says there is nobody better for it than Michael B. Jordan. Evans tells the site, “It’s so funny, you almost feel precious over the role that you don’t want someone else to do it. But when you hear someone phenomenal is doing it, it’s very exciting like you almost can’t wait. I couldn’t even give that guy any advice if I wanted, that guy is so good. It’s exciting to see what he’s going to do, because I know he’s going to reinvent it in a way that I could never have imagined. It’s almost like we’re sharing, the character is ours. I feel like I’m connected with him in a way, It’s a nice feeling.” The actor has said many times that he loves the character, but his experiences on the two films that were made (he was contracted for three) weren’t that great.
In fact, it appears Evans and Jordan have met and talked about the role, at least in passing. Jordan posted the photo you see below just moments ago on his Instagram page. Jordan added the caption “The Torch has been passed! #FlameOn.” So it appears that Jordan has Evans’ seal of approval. What do you think about the former Torch‘s comments about the newcomer?
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