In an exclusive interview with BET.com, Jordan talks about his new position as the 2014 Sprite Films student filmmaker mentor and program ambassador at CinemaCon, his favorite cast to work with and the one dream role he hopes to play in the near future.
Talk about how your life changed after Fruitvale Station.
It’s like night and day. I remember going to Sundance with my manager, and the day before we were walking up the street and maybe one or two people stopped me, asked me for a picture or whatever, and the premiere was that night. The next day I couldn’t get two feet without [people stopping me]. It was my first time ever dealing with paparazzi and it was just insane. The film has been huge for me professionally, and even just being respected by my peers and my people within the film community. People from all walks of life have really been affected by this project and it means the world to me.
In addition to acting, you’re also taking on the role of mentor for Sprite Films. How has that been, and what kinds of advice do you give to aspiring young filmmakers?
First of all, I think the Sprite filmmakers program is amazing. I’m really digging the next generation, and for me, personally, I feel like my film career has been made off of first-time film directors. To be able to give back and offer some insight, or help them avoid an obstacle or two that they may have run into, or make their vision a little more clear and see it all the way through, I’m all for that. I come from on-the-job experience and I feel like the best thing these filmmakers can do is continue to work.
As you’re watching these films, has your mind started to switch into executive mode? Does it make you think about getting into the production side of the business?
That’s exactly where I’m at right now. I’ve been doing this for over a decade and you really start to see how things work, your taste buds start to change and you start to grow and you want to have more of a hand in it, like, “Oh, I love that book, let’s get the rights and develop it, write a script and attach people to it.” I start to think like a producer or an executive. That’s really where I’m at moving forward, understanding the game and how to play it, and wanting to leave my mark on it as best I can.”
Through the years you’ve been a part of some incredible casts. Looking back, which one has been your favorite?
By default I’m gonna say The Wire, because they’re all like uncles to me. They saw me grow up. So even after I got killed off in the first season, I stayed in touch with everybody to this day. The show was supposed to get cancelled after season one, so we felt like we were a part of something like, we weren’t even supposed to be here. We had a chip on our shoulder. The show didn’t get its Emmy nomination until season five or something like that, so we’ve always been feeling like the underdog and we stick together. The Wire, for sure.
Speaking of The Wire, Tristan Wilds is doing big things on the music side. What do you think of what you’ve heard so far?
I am so proud of him because I remember when he first started, when it was just him and his Macbook computer and he was just sitting there trying different raps, trying to find his voice and find his home. So from that to being Grammy-nominated first time out…I’m so proud of that boy it’s ridiculous. It’s something we always knew he had in him, but to see him follow through and really take it to the highest level is unbelievable. Speaks to his talent and his hard work.
You’ve already done so much. Is there still a dream role out there that you haven’t played yet?
I’ve always wanted to play Sam Cooke. I love the story. I love his music and I feel like when I get some more man years on me I’ll be able to go ahead and knock that out, you know. So that’s definitely a role I’ve been dying to do. I’m gonna get that done eventually.
People can view and vote for this year’s short films by going to www.sprite.com/films.
Chris Evans is passing the Torch.
News of Michael B. Jordan’s casting as the Human Torch in the upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot met with a lukewarm response on fan message boards, but the actor is getting a big endorsement from his predecessor.
Before Chris Evans donned the star-spangled costume for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” he did two stints as Marvel’s hottest super hero in “Fantastic Four” (2005) and “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” (2007). And though at first he admits to some misgivings about someone else taking over his character, he immediately got fired up when he heard who landed the part of Johnny Storm.
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.
Jordan was chosen as the 2014 Sprite Films mentor to its student filmmaker finalists at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week. Six promising filmmakers were chosen by Sprite to make a name for themselves in the film industry with the unique opportunity to craft a short film from script-to-screen.
Sprite is providing a nationwide platform to shine a light on the aspiring filmmakers, and has introduced the student to Michael B. Jordan who offered advice based on his first-hand experience working in Hollywood.
What’s a dream without action or a talent without a stage to set it free?” said Jordan. “Each year Sprite Films finds student filmmakers who have it – the fearlessness and dedication to pursue their passion for film – and supports them to grow their dreams on a national platform. I’m lending my support by meeting with the student finalists to share my story as an actor and what I have learned from my mentors.
Check below some photos of Michael at CinemaCon.
Public Appearances > 2014 > CinemaCon 2014 – The Big Screen Achievement Awards (Mar.27)
Public Appearances > 2014 > CinemaCon With The Sprite Films Program (Mar.27)
Once again this year, Michael B. Jordan plays for the Los Angeles squad of the Celebrity Basketball E League, cracking necks and breaking ankles all over the court recently. In a game at Equinox gym in L.A., the soon-to-be Human Torch was J-ing people on the court, rebounding, and locking down his opponents with incredible defense. Amongst other celebrity star players like Kevin Hart, J. Cole, Bill Bellamy, and Terrell Owens, the don with dimples has definitely proved himself one of the better ballers in the league. (source)
Public Appearances > 2014 > E-League – Celebrity Basketball League Game (Mar.23)
Michael B. Jordan is seen at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation “Sports Matter” launch party during SXSW in Austin, Texas Saturday, March 8, 2014.
Public Appearances > 2014 > DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation “Sports Matter” launch party (Mar.08)
Public Appearances > 2014 > 86th Annual Academy Awards (Mar.02)
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Michael B. Jordan is nominated as Breakthrough Performance at 2014 MTV Movie Awards for his role as Oscar Grant in “Fruitvale Station”.
Make sure to vote, vote again, vote one more time and vote every day on Mike. The fan-voted awards will be hosted by comedian Conan OBrien at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on April 13 and televised on MTV, a unit of Viacom Inc. (source)
During his powerful performance as Oscar Grant, rookie Michael B. Jordan will make you reach for a box of tissues in a role that will ultimately cement his status among Hollywood’s elite.
Here are some beautiful photos of Michael B. Jordan at the “Fruitvale Station” Premiere, Photocall and Cocktail Party on March 5th and 6th, in Rome. Thanks to Jenny for some HQs.
Public Appearances > 2014 > ‘Prossima Fermata Fruitvale Station’ – Cocktail Party (Mar.06)
Public Appearances > 2014 > ‘Prossima Fermata Fruitvale Station’ – Premiere (Mar.06)
Public Appearances > 2014 > Photocall for “Fruitvale Station” in Rome (Mar.05)
PS: I’ll try to send the photos of Oscar still this week
The winner of the best first feature Ryan Coogler and his star Michael B. Jordan stop by THR and Piaget’s lounge to discuss their award winning film and what it has been like to get the message out about Oscar Grant.
Michael attended the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 1, 2014, unfortunately Jordan didn’t win the award for “Best Male Lead”, but at least “Fruitvale Station” was honouring it as “Best First Feature”. Congrats to the entire cast and crew.
Public Appearances > 2014 > 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards (Mar.01)