Michael B. Jordan Addresses Controversy Over Fantastic Four Casting
Fans will ultimately always have something to complain about, because when youíve been given fifty years of classic comic stories, you tend to get a little spoiled. In regards to the new The Fantastic Four, fans will speak up if the Thing isnít the right height. Aficionados will gripe that the costumes are too dark a shade of blue. People will remark that the dynamic between siblings Sue and Johnny Storm just doesnít feel like it did during a certain writerís run on the comics. And also, uh, this race issue.
In case you missed it, the new Human Torch is black. Michael B. Jordan of Friday Night Lights, Chronicle and Fruitvale Station has been cast in Josh Trankís version of the story, and, while protected from internet anonymity, voices online have been vociferous about the lack of fidelity towards the characterís skin color. Jordan is young, and heís heard of the internet, so heís definitely heard this small, vocal contingent of fans, and heís not oblivious to how they feel. Speaking in a press conference in Rome (via Coming Soon), Jordan elaborated on this:
"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. But annoyed? Eh, 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."Jordan takes a typically classy response, referring to those negative fans by shrugging, "it is what it is." Not to soapbox, but whenever thereís any sort of pushback in regards to a racial issue, you canít help but feel for minority actors who are forced to shrug and accept that, yes, it is what it is, and they donít have the preferred skin color.
But Jordan is also one of the most exciting young actors in Hollywood, and if you have a chance to put him in your movie, why not just take it? Heís handsome, likable and has a great smile, and those features have been somewhat obscured by the roles heís taken on thus far. As Johnny Storm, heíll get to hot dog it and have a lot of fun, and heíll be especially fun alongside the young cast, which includes Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell. Lest we forget, the last guy who played Human Torch ended up becoming our Captain America. Why donít we give the guy a shot because of his talent, and disregard everything else? We can do that, right?
Great. Now letís get started on that female Dr. Doom. That sounds awesome.
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