From Fruitvale Station to Fahrenheit 451, Michael B. Jordan has amassed an acting catalog coveted by many in Hollywood. Now, the actor is getting candid on race in Hollywood. During the interview for Variety’s Actors on Actors, the Black Panther star told fellow black creative and Insecure star Issa Rae he did not want to audition for roles for African Americans, citing Hollywood’s inclination to let their internalized biases bleed into their depiction of black characters and other people of color.
“I said, I don’t want it. I want to only go for, like, roles written for white males. That’s it,” he said. “Me playing that role is going to make it what it is. I don’t want any pre-bias on the character.” Jordan mentioned this mentality led him shortly after the release of Fruitvale Station. With the recent black renaissance that has spurned critically acclaimed content from black writers and filmmakers on film and TV, we’re left wondering if Jordan’s mindset to how he approaches roles has changed, especially in the wake of Black Panther‘s success. Either way, the success of films and television shows like Moonlight, Get Out, Insecure, Queen Sugar, Atlanta and Mudbound have moved the needle forward with the depiction of black characters on screen.
Check out the rest of Michael B. Jordan and Issa Rae’s interview below.