Michael B. Jordan calls on Hollywood to hire more black creatives during protest

Michael B. Jordan called on Hollywood executives to help more black creators during a protest in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Creed actor attended a Black Lives Matter demonstration held outside talent agency ICM Partners in Century City on Saturday, …

Michael B. Jordan called on Hollywood executives to help more black creators during a protest in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The Creed actor attended a Black Lives Matter demonstration held outside talent agency ICM Partners in Century City on Saturday, and took to the stage to deliver a speech in which he addressed racial injustice, police brutality, and the inequalities in the entertainment industry.

“I want us to invest in black staff,” Jordan told the crowd. “I’m proud to have an inclusion rider and all that good stuff, and I use my power to demand diversity, but it’s time the studios and agencies and all these buildings we stand in front of to do the same.

“You committed to a 50/50 gender parity in 2020. Where is the challenge to commit to black hiring? Black content led by black executives, black consultants. Are you policing our storytelling as well? Let us bring our darkness to the light. Black culture: the sneakers, sports, comedic culture that you guys love so much. We’ve dealt with discrimination at every turn. Can you help fund black brands, companies, cultural leaders, black organisations?”

The 33-year-old announced he was adopting an inclusion rider for all projects produced by his company Outlier Society back in 2018. The inclusion rider is a clause in contracts demanding projects have a diverse cast and crew.

Jordan had his breakout role in 2013 by playing Oscar Grant, a police brutality victim, in 2013’s Fruitvale Station. And earlier this year, he was seen portraying lawyer Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), in Just Mercy – the film that has been made available to watch for free in the U.S. throughout the month of June in support of the Black Lives Matter protests, which were sparked by the death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd at the hands of police officers on 25 May.

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Josh Trank feared for his life after casting Michael B. Jordan in Fantastic Four

Josh Trank feared for his life after casting Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four.In a new interview with gaming website Polygon, the director discussed working on the troubled 2015 comic book adaptation, which also starred Miles Teller …

Josh Trank feared for his life after casting Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four.

In a new interview with gaming website Polygon, the director discussed working on the troubled 2015 comic book adaptation, which also starred Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, and Jamie Bell as The Thing.

Noting that he fought with bosses at Fox to cast Jordan as Storm, who transforms into the Human Torch after being exposed to cosmic rays, Trank also revealed that he was left on edge at one point during the shoot after he read posts on IMDb message boards from disgruntled fans who threatened to shoot him over the news the Creed star had landed the coveted role.

“I was so f**king paranoid during that shoot,” he confessed, adding that he slept with a gun during production. “If someone came into my house, I would have ended their f**king life. When you’re in a headspace where people want to get you, you think, ‘I’m going to defend myself.'”

Trank also claimed he was left out of overseeing reshoots on the highly anticipated reboot and that the film’s ending was changed after studio bosses were unimpressed with the dark tone.

“It was like being castrated,” the 36-year-old commented of watching reshoots that were overseen by producers Simon Kinberg and Hutch Parker.

Elsewhere in the interview, Trank explained it was his bad experience making Fantastic Four that led to him quitting the standalone Star Wars movie about Boba Fett that he was due to direct.

“I quit because I knew I was going to be fired if I didn’t quit,” he recalled, adding that he believed Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy was about to fire him anyway.

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Michael B. Jordan hopes fans wear his Coach designs with ‘pride’

Michael B. Jordan is hopeful his friends and fans will be proud to wear his new Coach designs.The Creed actor was named as the New York-based label’s latest global brand ambassador in September 2018, and after starring in several campaigns, he finally …

Michael B. Jordan is hopeful his friends and fans will be proud to wear his new Coach designs.

The Creed actor was named as the New York-based label’s latest global brand ambassador in September 2018, and after starring in several campaigns, he finally dropped his debut collection on Tuesday. Created in partnership with VIZ Media, the range includes parkas, jean jackets and pullovers, all of which feature references to the world of Naruto, a popular Japanese anime and manga series, and Jordan is thrilled with the final result.

“With my name on this collection, it was important to design pieces that represent my cultural influences and my community; pieces that I could see my friends, family and fans wearing with pride,” he said in a statement. “As with all aspects of my work, this collection is about bringing fresh perspectives and unique voices to the forefront. Expanding into the fashion design space was rewarding beyond my expectations. I’m grateful to Stuart (Vevers, creative director) and Coach for providing me with the opportunity and expertise to execute a collection I’m extremely proud of.”

Key items in the collection are infused with technical details like removable sleeves, tactical straps and elastic closures, while some garments also contain Naruto characters and the series’ trademark “eye” motifs reimagined with Coach’s Retro C graphic.

And despite the project marking the 32-year-old’s first venture into the world of fashion design, Vevers couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic collaborator.

“Working with Mike is always a great experience,” the designer added. “He always puts his heart and soul into everything he does, and because he brought something authentic and personal to the collection.”

In addition to the main marketing imagery, Jordan stars in a short film shot on a Tokyo street by Rachel Morrison, who also served as the director of photography on his film Black Panther.

The Coach x Michael B. Jordan collection is now available in Coach stores and online.

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Michael B. Jordan debuts anime-inspired Coach collection

Michael B. Jordan has debuted his first anime-inspired collection with Coach.The Creed star, who serves as menswear ambassador for the American brand, worked with creative director Stuart Vevers on his first-ever clothing line, which was heavily influe…

Michael B. Jordan has debuted his first anime-inspired collection with Coach.

The Creed star, who serves as menswear ambassador for the American brand, worked with creative director Stuart Vevers on his first-ever clothing line, which was heavily influenced by the actor’s passion for Japanese manga comics and anime.

The 32-year-old wanted to incorporate Naruto, a comic that was first published in 1997 and evolved into anime in 2002, in the personal collection, and symbols and motifs from the series can be seen in many of the unisex pieces.

“Incorporating Naruto into the collection felt really authentic since it meant so much to me growing up and still does. It’s not often that I get to blend business with personal and it’s a rare coincidence when those two worlds meet up,” he told WWD.

“Anime is something that was a big piece of my childhood, my adult life, and my creativity. I think as anime starts to become more and more popular, you’ll start to see that thirst and desire for these characters that look more like the world that we live in.”

Other pieces in the debut line include a denim jacket with removable shearling collar, nylon sweatshirts and hoodies, graphic T-shirts featuring Naruto characters, a parka, accessories, and footwear.

Vevers helped Jordan bring his design dreams to life and got a crash course in the world of Japanese manga comics and anime along the way.

“I learned that Mike is incredibly passionate about anime. And I learned how the story of Naruto speaks to Mike on a deeper level. Mike gave me a full education on Naruto: the characters, the symbols, the story. And then when I was travelling in Japan, I met the Naruto team so I could understand more,” he explained.

Prices range from $95 (£77) to $2,500 (£2,000), and will be available at Coach stores and online and at a pop-up store at New York Comic Con later this week.

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Ryan Coogler feels ‘naked’ when directing

Ryan Coogler can’t help but feel “naked” when he’s directing in front of a crowd.The director was the brains behind Black Panther, one of the most talked about films of 2018 and the highest-grossing film ever made by a black director.Coogler ha…

Ryan Coogler can’t help but feel “naked” when he’s directing in front of a crowd.

The director was the brains behind Black Panther, one of the most talked about films of 2018 and the highest-grossing film ever made by a black director.

Coogler has been praised for his work on the Marvel juggernaut, as well as other films including Fruitvale Station and Creed, but he has now admitted that he often doesn’t feel comfortable while helming a large project.

“What I found made it a lot harder on Black Panther was you’re dealing with so many more people,” he explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “You’ve got to get comfortable directing in a room full of 75, 100 people sometimes. A lot of times, I find directing can make you feel like you’re naked, you know what I mean? So, directing on a 10-person crew is like being naked in front of 10 people, but with 200 people, it’s a different ballgame.”

Black Panther features Chadwick Boseman as the titular character as well as Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira.

The film was widely praised for its cultural significance and importance to the black community, and in hindsight, Coogler agrees the movie is political.

“Yeah. It’s about a politician, you know?” the 32-year-old considered. “So, there was no way for it not to be. It’s a character who is the political leader of a fictional country, but we put it on a real continent, we wanted to set it in the real world. So, it’s definitely a political film.”

Black Panther was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards and is in the running for two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Michael B. Jordan would love to brawl with heavyweight champion in Creed 3

Heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder’s height might cost him a dream role as Clubber Lang’s son in the next Creed movie. The fighter has made it clear he’d love a part in the next film and has his sights set on playing the kid of Mr. T’s character from Ro…

Heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder’s height might cost him a dream role as Clubber Lang’s son in the next Creed movie.

The fighter has made it clear he’d love a part in the next film and has his sights set on playing the kid of Mr. T’s character from Rocky III.

Deontay, who is planning a 2019 rematch with Brit Tyson Fury following their face-off at the beginning of the month (Dec18), has his sights set on Hollywood: “That’s what I’m all about, my passion is acting!” Deontay told TMZ. “After boxing, in the middle of my career, that’s what I wanna convert to. I wanna act like I’m getting hit, not actually get hit.”

And Creed star Michael B. Jordan loves the idea of getting in the ring with a real boxing champ in the next film, but he thinks Wilder should play himself.

“It’s a cool idea (having him in the movie), but I’m not sure where we’re going with Creed 3,” the actor tells the outlet. “He’s (Deontay) a good character as himself.

“He’s a lot bigger than Clubber though, he’s a lot taller.”

At 6ft 7ins, Wilder is almost a foot taller than Mr. T’s Clubber Lang.

Jordan portrays the son of Apollo Creed – the fighter who took on Sylvester Stallone’s character in the first Rocky movie – in the new boxing film franchise and Florian Munteanu plays Viktor Drago in the latest Creed film. Drago is the son of Dolph Lundgren’s character, Ivan Drago, from Rocky IV.

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Michael B. Jordan keen to make more Creed movies

Michael B. Jordan wants to make more Creed movies in a bid to create a legacy similar to the Rocky franchise. The actor reprises his role as Adonis Creed – the son of boxer Apollo Creed from the original Rocky movies – in Creed II, and he has now re…

Michael B. Jordan wants to make more Creed movies in a bid to create a legacy similar to the Rocky franchise. 

The actor reprises his role as Adonis Creed – the son of boxer Apollo Creed from the original Rocky movies – in Creed II, and he has now revealed that when he first discussed doing the 2015 movie, with Creed and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, he envisaged working on a series of sequels.

Speaking at a Q&A held at the BFI Southbank on Wednesday night (28Nov18) alongside his co-stars Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, Brigitte Nielsen, and Creed II helmer Steven Caple Jr., Michael shared that he is ready to do another instalment and would consider doing even more movies.

“I would do a Creed III,” he confirmed, when asked by the director if he was up for doing another flick.

“I mean do y’all wanna see a Creed III?” the 31-year-old then questioned the audience, who burst into a round of applause.

Michael, a virtual unknown in Hollywood prior to the release of the critically acclaimed 2013 movie Fruitvale Station, then pondered the possibility of the film turning into a franchise like Sylvester Stallone’s hugely successful Rocky series.

“We hadn’t even started shooting Fruitvale Station yet – I think we were in pre-production for that. And Ryan was like, ‘Hey man, I’m thinking about doing this story about Apollo Creed’s son… do you wanna play him?’ And I was like, ‘Hey man cool let’s do it.’

“In my brain, I started thinking about it. I was like, ‘OK well how many Rocky films was there? Alright well, we could deal with a lot of Creeds if it works so it was something I thought about,’” the star admitted. “I knew that (if it was a) success it was something I would be willing to do. So yeah I’m down.”

Tessa, who plays Adonis’ musician girlfriend Bianca in the franchise, weighed in with ideas for a potential movie title too.

“Yes. Like Creed III – Redemption,” she joked, before teasing her co-star Michael’s idea for the title of Creed II. “It could’ve been Creed II: The Big Payback… It was a bad pitch.”

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Michael B. Jordan packed on the pounds to size up to Creed 2 opponent

Michael B. Jordan bulked up his physique for the Creed sequel because he didn’t want to be embarrassed stepping into the ring with real-life boxer Florian Munteanu. The Black Panther star reprises his role as Adonis Johnson, aka Adonis Creed, in the l…

Michael B. Jordan bulked up his physique for the Creed sequel because he didn’t want to be embarrassed stepping into the ring with real-life boxer Florian Munteanu.

The Black Panther star reprises his role as Adonis Johnson, aka Adonis Creed, in the latest installment of the Rocky franchise, and he was determined to pack on 20 pounds (nine kilograms) of pure muscle before filming began.

“I put on about 20 pounds for this one,” he told U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. “My opponent in this one is huge, he’s about 6’5, 250 pounds, so I just wanted to look close!”

Munteanu portrays the villain Viktor Drago, whose father Ivan, played by Dolph Lundgren, killed Adonis’ dad Apollo in the ring in 1985’s Rocky IV, and Jordan promises sports fans Creed 2 will be an “exciting” addition to the movie series.

“We just wanted to build on the characters and the relationships we created in the story that we created in the first movie… and be able to do things fresh and do things that you haven’t seen in a boxing film before,” he shared.

“We really tried to really keep things honest and organic and keep things exciting at the same time.”

Michael is no stranger to adopting a strict diet and fitness regimen to boost his muscles for the camera, after previously transforming his body for his first outing as Adonis, and then for his role as Erik ‘Killmonger’ Stevens in Black Panther, but it’s not something he takes pleasure in doing.

“I love food. To take away all the food that I love, and to give me boiled chicken, broccoli, rice, fish and asparagus consistently is a little brutal,” he complained to Men’s Fitness magazine prior to Creed’s 2015 release. “I would say bulking up was the hardest thing because I had to eat a bunch of stuff that I didn’t enjoy.”

Creed 2, which also features the return of Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, opens in theatres next week (21Nov18).

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Michael B. Jordan and Selena Gomez promote Coach charity drive

New Coach ambassador Michael B. Jordan is stepping up his duties at the American fashion house.The Creed actor and fellow Coach face Selena Gomez are a central part of the label’s new charity drive, the Dream It Real initiative, which is being rolled o…

New Coach ambassador Michael B. Jordan is stepping up his duties at the American fashion house.

The Creed actor and fellow Coach face Selena Gomez are a central part of the label’s new charity drive, the Dream It Real initiative, which is being rolled out to support young people and help them turn their dreams into reality.

Coach, led by Stuart Vevers, has teamed up with youth charity The Future Project, which places ‘Dream Directors’ to mentor students in high schools across the United States. The two stars will work as honorary Dream Directors throughout the year.

Coach has also donated $1.4 million (£1 million) to help The Future Project’s mission, and is launching a film to promote the launch of Dream It Real.

Uploading photos of Michael and Selena to the Coach Instagram account, brand representatives outlined the new project.

“Optimism, courage and authenticity. What The Future Project sees in their network of @dreamdirectors, we see in Coach’s #MichaelBJordan and #SelenaGomez. That’s why they’ll be joining us as honorary Dream Directors, dedicated to helping students bring passion-based projects to life. #DreamItReal #CoachNY,” one caption reads.

And speaking to Vogue, Kanya Balakrishna, chief executive officer and co-founder of the Future Project, shared her joy at the new partnership.

“Virtually every movement in history has been led by young people – and today, we need their leadership more than ever,” she stated. “We are proud to partner with Coach, a brand that is willing to stand behind the unlimited potential of a generation.”

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Michael B. Jordan: ‘Black Panther is helping me become a media mogul’

Michael B. Jordan had no problems taking a pay cut to play the villain in Black Panther, because he knew the Marvel movie would help him become a big Hollywood player. The Creed star was reportedly paid $2 million (GBP1.5 million) to play Erik Killmon…

Michael B. Jordan had no problems taking a pay cut to play the villain in Black Panther, because he knew the Marvel movie would help him become a big Hollywood player.

The Creed star was reportedly paid $2 million (GBP1.5 million) to play Erik Killmonger in pal and collaborator Ryan Coogler’s superhero blockbuster, but he insists the film was too important to turn down.

And now he’s benefiting from the success of the film, which has helped him launch his career as a multi-media mogul.

“Moving forward it’s a totally different story,” he tells Vanity Fair magazine. “This is the defining moment in a lot of different areas for me that’s gonna set up my next five to 10 years. That’s why I’m so locked in right now, because if it was ever a time to get distracted or, like, drop the ball, this is not it.”

Jordan and his partners at Outlier Society Productions are now working on a series of exciting new projects, and the actor is determined to become a major mogul, developing all-inclusive projects around the globe.

“What I’m trying to do, and what I’m trying to represent and build, is universal,” he explains. “I want to create projects for Brad Pitt, but at the same time I want to be able to create a movie for Will Smith, or Denzel (Washington), or Lupita (Nyong’o), or Tessa (Thompson).

“It’s gonna be eclectic. It’s gonna be animation. It’s gonna be non-scripted. It’s gonna be digital. It’s gonna be film, television. It’s gonna be video games…”

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