Michael B Jordan Addresses Human Torch Casting Controversy

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‘Fantastic Four’ 2015 Cast Member Michael B. Jordan Responds To Racial Backlash.

Sure, could just ignore all of the negative comments thrown around over his Fantastic Four casting, he could put them in their place by writing a perfectly put-together piece that addresses and shuts down their criticism.Early glimpses at Josh Trank’s reboot of the Marvel property Fantastic Four have made the movie look more grounded and realistic than its comic book source material, but a new ad demonstrates the team’s powers in all their glory — and confirms that at least one of the comic book’s code names has made it into the movie intact.

20th Century Fox’s upcoming ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot has been dogged with rumours, suspicions and often contempt from fans since before the film even went into production.Michael Bae Jordan is not here for the haters who have been trolling him online due to him being cast as The Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic Four flick.

The 28-year-old actor wrote a response to “Internet trolls, which was published by Entertainment Weekly, and began by putting the elephant in the room out into the open—a black actor is playing the role of a blond-haired, blue-eyed character in the comic book. “I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying,” he wrote. “Turns out this is what they were saying: ‘A black guy? But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. In a new essay, Jordan responds to the outcry, advising those upset to take a look around. “It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore,” Jordan writes in Entertainment Weekly of the response to his casting. “I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books. Jordan) and Reed Richards (Miles Teller) using their powers to date, it also confirms that, yes, Ben Grimm is really going to end up with the awkward name “the Thing” in the movie as well. Jordan has spoken on the matter many times, but now, on the eve of the film’s release, he has given what would seem to be his final, definitive word on the matter in an editorial for Entertainment Weekly.

But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the Fantastic Four comic first came out in 1961.” Noting that there are some who’ll see his casting as “political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota,” Jordan suggested instead that it’s “a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself [and] a reflection of what a modern family looks like today.” The new Fantastic Four movie, he went on, is “a family movie about four friends — two of whom are myself and Kate Mara as my adopted sister — who are brought together by a series of unfortunate events to create unity and a team.” The actor characterized himself as “the person who stands up and says, ‘I’ll be the one to shoulder all this hate. Interestingly enough, Johnny, Reed and Sue Storm aren’t given their own comic book names in the ad, raising the issue of whether we’ll get to hear the words “Mr. Comic book movies have followed suit by casting actors with a different skin color than the one the artist originally drew up decades ago in the comics. I’ll take the brunt for the next couple of generations.” I put that responsibility on myself. “People are always going to see each other in terms of race, but maybe in the future we won’t talk about it as much.

Maybe, if I set an example, Hollywood will start considering more people of color in other prominent roles, and maybe we can reach the people who are stuck in the mindset that “it has to be true to the comic book.” Or maybe we have to reach past them.” I’m OK with this,” who am I to go against that?” The actor later went on to explain his relationship to Mara’s character by revealing that the Sue Storm in this film is his adopted sister. It’s okay to like it.” His recently released Just As I Am: Platinum Edition soared to No. 1 on iTunes’ Top Country Chart and hit No. 8 in the All-Genre rankings, and he’s soon to be married to the gal whom he has sweetly described as “the one that got away.” The couple have known each other for 10 years, dating on and off for five.

It’s going to be with people we’ve known most of our lives.” In fact, their love story was a testament to the age-old saying, “If you love something, and you let it go, if it’s meant to be yours, it will come back.” The saying is “so cliché, and I always made fun of anyone that ever said it,” Gilbert says. “But now it happened to me. So, I’m a believer.” Gilbert is currently on a motorcycle ride with Harley Davidson and the Wounded Warrior Project to celebrate his album’s success, and will end the ride on Saturday in Louisiana, where he will be playing with Kenny Chesney.

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