Michael B. Jordan: “I only wanted to audition for roles written for white men”
Michael B. Jordan wants to expand his acting chops and doesn’t want to be typecast or pigeon hold. In a recent interview, the 31-year-old revealed that after working on Ryan Coogler’s 2013 acclaimed film “Fruitvale Station,” he only wanted to audition for a role written for a white men and not African Americans, telling his agents,
I said, ‘I don’t want it. I want to only go for, like, [roles written for] white males.
That’s it. Me playing that role is going to make it what it is. I don’t want any pre-bias on the character.
Jordan is known for his film roles as shooting victim Oscar Grant in the drama Fruitvale Station (2013), amateur boxer Adonis Creed in the Rocky sequel film Creed (2015), and antagonist Erik Killmonger in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Black Panther (2018), all three of which were directed by frequent collaborator Ryan Coogler.
Jordan’s television roles include Wallace in the HBO series The Wire (2002), Reggie Montgomery in the ABC soap opera All My Children (2003–2006), and Vince Howard in the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights (2009–2011).