is responding to the racist people of the world.
After being cast as Johnny Storm in the upcoming "Fantastic Four
" reboot, many people said that the franchise was ruined after casting directors chose Michael B. Jordan, an African-American actor, instead of a Caucasian actor.
Youre not supposed to go on the Internet when youre cast as a superhero, Jordan wrote in a short essay for . As he mentions in the article, his comic character was originally described as having blond hair and blue eyes.
I didnt want to be ignorant about what people were saying, he wrote. Turns out this is what they were saying: A black guy? I dont like it. They must be doing it because Obamas president and Its not true to the comic. Or even, Theyve destroyed it!'
Several months later, Michael B. Jordan said that the negative comments no longer bother him. Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of Black Film. Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself a reflection of what a modern family looks like today.
Michael B. Jordan said he hopes he changes Hollywood's racial stereotypes and open the doors for other actors in future comic book movies.
Sometimes you have to be the person who stands up and says, Ill be the one to shoulder all this hate. Ill 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 wont talk about it as much.
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