Chills: Michael B. Jordan Spoke His Role In Black Panther Into Existence Back In 2012
According to the Bible, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” With that being said, when you have the right mindset, you can speak some great things into existence. Just ask Michael B. Jordan.
The Internet dug up an old tweet from when the the actor, then 25, was fresh off of the heels of appearing in George Lucas’s Red Tails and prepping for his first project with Ryan Coogler in 2013’s Fruitvale Station. Back in 2012, the anime and comic book fan sent out a tweet saying he would love to see the Black Panther on the big screen.
“Marvels black panther! Would love to go toe to toe with iron man and the hulk!” he wrote. “Def would be a dream role.”
That indeed happened. While he didn’t get to star specifically as T’Challa, Jordan’s Erik Killmonger character was indeed the Black Panther in the Marvel film, even if his reign was shortlived and unwanted.
So when Complex shared the old tweet, the actor, now 31, was as impressed with how full circle things had come for him as the rest of us are.
“Everything happens for a reason!” he said in the comments of the tweet posting. “If this isn’t the universe conspiring greater things for me I don’t know what is!!”
For the record, Jordan told Stuff that his dream role playing the militant “villain” in the project required a lot, including hours of makeup (for those markings), sporting locs and going full “method” actor to get into character, but it was all a lot of fun.
“I guess they say that bad guys have more fun,” he said. “I think that’s partially because they have less boundaries. Being the good guy means sometimes you have to be morally correct and make the right decision all the time. It certainly feels more fun when you get a chance to not have to think much about the repercussions of your actions, or be a little more reckless.”