There’s no doubt Michael B. Jordan is very talented, which has led to a successful career in Hollywood, but what he does off-screen will take him much farther. Over the years, the now 31-year-old has made a name for himself through acting, modeling, and even producing. However, in a recent interview, he proved that he has much more to offer Hollywood than acting.
During Variety’s “Actors on Actors” interview with Issa Rae, Jordan discussed a conversation he had with his agents a few years back. Shortly after Fruitvale Station was released in 2013, he told his agents he did not want to go out for any roles that were written for African Americans, only those written specifically for white males. “Me playing that role is going to make it what it is,” Jordan explained. “I don’t want any pre-bias on the character. Sometimes writers write what they know, what their encounters of us would be and that’s a slight bias into the character.”
Jordan’s determination to put an end to racial inequality proved victorious, as he went on to star in several hit movies since then, such as Fantastic Four, Creed, and the record-breaking Black Panther. Not only did he begin to break down barriers for himself, but for other African Americans in the industry as well.
Earlier this year, Jordan made another move toward bettering Hollywood, when he vowed that he will incorporate the “Inclusion Rider” in all projects produced through his company Outlier Society. Inclusion rider refers to any celebrity that adds a clause to their contract demanding that all people of color, disability, or any marginalized group must be represented in a film’s cast and crew.
Making such power moves in the industry is exactly why Jordan will make it far. His push for equality in the entertainment industry comes at a time where activism is needed most. Movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp continue to spread through Hollywood, as more and more allegations of sexual abuse come to light. Women and minorities have been undermined in the industry for so long, and the conversations have just begun.
Young activists such as Jordan are a breath of fresh air when it comes to social injustice. He knows he stands on a large platform and he has decided to use it for good. Taking such political stances could potentially hinder his reputation and career, but he continues to be a voice… regardless.
Jordan offers Hollywood activism, integrity, and a push for equal rights. He is the powerful voice Hollywood needs, but also the talent it craves.