Michael B. Jordan Once Again Addresses FANTASTIC FOUR Criticism And Explains Why He Took The Role
About two weeks ago the cast for Fox‘s Fantastic Four reboot were revealed, and things did not go over too well with fans. The movie has had an uphill battle for a while, but there has been one man out there fighting the good fight since day one- Michael B. Jordan. The actor has been attached to the film as Johnny “Human Torch” Storm for the longest time, and he’s been talking, only in theory until two weeks ago, about why the outrage over an African-American playing Johnny is dumb. Jordan is once again talking about the ‘outrage‘ over his casting and why he even took the role in the first place.
Jordan recently appeared at an event in Rome, and ended up talking about The Fantastic Four during his panel. The actor once again tackles the outcry over his casting (via SHH):
It was expected. You kinda know going into it that people are used to seeing something one way, it’s a continuity thing more than anything. People don’t like change too much. But annoyed? Eh, you just kinda accept it, it is what it is. You can’t make everybody happy. You just gotta accept that and know. I’m an actor, I have to do my job. I’m going to do my job the best I can and the way I’ve been doing it my entire life, my entire career. I grew up a comic book guy, I read comic books as a kid growing up, and the Fantastic Four/Human Torch is one of my favorite characters so I’m going to give it my everything. I can’t wait. I don’t really let it bother me at all. I just want to go into it and do the best job I can. We’ll see what happens.
Jordan says he knew a vocal minority would be outraged over his casting, but he was eager to take on the role regardless. It obviously had to be something that really appealed to the actor if he went in knowing things could turn vicious online. He explains part of his reasoning for signing on the dotted line:
The Human Torch is, ‘yknow, that’s fun. That’s going to be a good time…To play a superhero? That’s dreams coming true. It’s not going to be hard. It’s going to be fun to kind of show a side of me that I don’t really get to show on screen, to be a little bit lighter, funnier, just more personality. It’s going to be fun.
Michael B. Jordan is a fantastic actor, no pun intended. I think he will bring something interesting to the role, so we shouldn’t be worried about that side of things. Fox‘s track record and the…let’s say ‘interesting’ casting choices for the other members of Marvel‘s first family seems to be worrying fans more than just Jordan‘s casting. We’ll just have to wait and see how things unfold. The Josh Trank directed film is supposed to begin filming by the end of the month. It will star Jordan as the Human Torch, Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, and Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm. What do you think about Jordan‘s comments?
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