*In Rome Thursday to promote the premiere of his film “Fruitvale Station,” the Italian press asked Michael B. Jordan about the racial backlash surrounding his casting in the upcoming “Fantastic Four” film.
“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,” the 27-year-old said at a press conference.
“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.”
Actor Michael B. Jordan attends Vanity Fair and FIAT celebration of “Young Hollywood” during Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood at No Vacancy on February 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California
*Vanity Fair and FIAT threw a cocktail party Tuesday night to celebrate Young Hollywood, and “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan was among the young Hollywood stars in attendance.
Guests were invited to the chic club space called No Vacancy (it had no sign, no visible address) to join co-hosts Chris Evans and Vanity Fair West Coast Editor Krista Smith for cocktails under the stars.
Jordan was inevitably asked about the racial backlash following his casting in the upcoming “Fantastic Four” film as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, a character who is white in Marvel’s comic book version…and ironically, was played by Evans in the previous “Fantastic Four” film.
“Common will host; and Jill Scott will perform at Oscars Concert.”
*Oscar week is here and Vic Bulluck, Managing Director of Outreach and Events for the Academy, gave EURweb the low down on actor Michael B. Jordan and the first ever “Oscar Concert.”
Last week Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”) played host to The Academy: “Scientific and Technical Awards,” alongside Kristen Bell.
“It’s very significant for a young African American male that is in the spotlight to participate and talk about science and technology,” Vic Bulluck shares.
Actor Michael B. Jordan participates in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2014 at New Orleans Arena on February 14, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana
*TMZ swarmed Michael B. Jordan in West Hollywood last night hours after he was announced to play super hero Human Torch in the upcoming “Fantastic Four” remake.
As previously reported, the Marvel Comics character has always been blonde-haired and blue-eyed, and has a white sister Sue Storm, to be played in the new film by white actress Kate Mara.
Needless to say, Jordan’s colorblind casting didn’t sit well with a number of folks, who expressed outrage online. “Don’t cast a black guy to play a white super hero. It’s just not right!” read one voice of dissent online.
Below, Jordan has a quick message for all of the haters.
(L-R) Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
*It has been revealed today that Miles Teller, Jamie Bell and Kate Mara will join Michael B. Jordan in Fox’s upcoming remake of “The Fantastic Four,” with the African American star of “Fruitvale Station” suiting up as Johnny Storm (aka The Human Torch)…a character who appears in the Marvel comics as blonde with blue-eyes.
Jordan had been rumored for months to be cast in the film as Johnny Storm, which led to a huge debate on many sites about colorblind casting and whether it makes sense to change the race of a comic book character for a movie adaptation.
Aside from the difference in skin color, debates have also taken place in the blogosphere regarding Johnny Storm’s sister, Sue Storm, to be played by white actress Mara (Zoe Barnes in Netflix’s “House of Cards”). When Jessica Alba appeared as Sue Storm in the 2005 and 2007 movies, she wore a blonde wig and blue contacts in order to play sister to Chris Evans.
*Whoa, this is big news! Will Smith will not return for the “Independence Day” sequel that 20th Century Fox will release in 2016, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
The outlet said a representative for Smith did not immediately respond to their request for comment.
Fortunately, alternative planning was in place: