Hollywood’s Michael B. Jordan one again is claiming that his role as the villain in Disney Marvel’s 2019 film Black Panther left him requiring therapy after becoming fully immersed in the character,
Jordan portrayed the main antagonist Killmonger opposite the late Chadwick Boseman’s titular superhero of Black Panther. In the film, Killmonger represents the mainstream narrative that certain communities are oppressed by others, and that their liberation will come at the hand of overthrowing, often with violent extremism, such powers.
That the film, a middling comic book adaptation at best, was nominated for Best Picture supports the idea that the story and villain were created more as a vehicle for the message than anything else.
“Killmonger allowed me to access the pain. And the unapologetic frustration that I had,” Jordan said about exploring the character’s black oppression, which he went on to note reflected his own personal feelings. “But then, obviously, there’s a sadness that comes along with that. I dove into that for a lot longer than I ever had before. So coming out of that [role] it was hard to want love. Because during shooting I kept myself from family and children, and away from everything that Killmonger never had.”
It’s worth noting that the black actor has enjoyed a long, lucrative career in a country he claims oppresses him. He has most recently starred in the Creed series, an unimaginative knock-off of the Rocky films in which he stars as the previously unknown son of Rocky’s chief pugilist rival Apollo Creed.
Most people, regardless of skin color, would love to achieve that kind of material success.
And this isn’t the first time the woke actor has related this story of isolating himself in order to mirror the sense of the supposed isolation felt by the black. In 2019, fresh off the shooting and release of the critical and commercial success, he told Oprah something similar.
“It was a little tough for me at first,” Jordan told the billionaire talk show host. “Readjusting to people caring about me, getting that love that I shut out. I shut out love, I didn’t want love. I wanted to be in this lonely place as long as I could.”
“Your mind is so powerful,” he said. “Your mind will get your body past a threshold that it would have given up on way before. Honestly, therapy, just talking to somebody just helped me out a lot. As a man you get a lot of slack for it. I don’t really subscribe to that. Everyone needs to unpack and talk.”
As always happens with the woke left, because there is an ever-revolving door for standards and values, the alleged victim of oppression had the tables turn on him for participating in “cultural appropriation” when he named his rum brand after a word connected to the island nation of Trinidad.
Breitbart reported on that 2021 public relations story, writing:
Jordan has had other worries keeping him awake at night recently. In 2021 he fell on his sword and renamed his rum brand after woke activists attacked him for “cultural appropriation” for the original name’s links to Trinidad.
Jordan launched his J’Ouvert brand rum product in 2021, but quickly ran afoul of the woke left — angry that he had “appropriated” the name of an annual festival in Trinidad, especially since the actor has no heritage with the country. Eventually he apologized and claimed he would come up with a new name for the rum. It is unclear if this promise was ever fulfilled.
In 2020 he called for the studios to divest in hiring police officers for security and joined a BLM protest in Los Angeles to demand Hollywood do a better job casting and hiring black actors.
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