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Press: Michael B. Jordan says his upbringing inspires him to give back to others

Press: Michael B. Jordan says his upbringing inspires him to give back to others

Michael B. Jordan learned to donate his time and money to others from a young age, thanks to his parents.
The actor, who’s promoting his partnership with Honey Nut Cheerios’ Good Rewards program, has teamed up with Feeding America to raise $100,000 for the organization.
“My dad manages a food bank and I grew up around that, watching service, going to food pantries and homeless shelters, and just helping out around my community as much as I could,” Jordan told INSIDER.

Michael B. Jordan was taught to give back to others since he was a child, which is why he loves to support organizations like Feeding America through Honey Nut Cheerios’ Good Rewards program.

“It just makes sense,” Jordan, who’s promoting his partnership with the brand, told INSIDER. “My dad manages a food bank and I grew up around that, watching service, going to food pantries and homeless shelters, and just helping out around my community as much as I could.”

The “Creed II” star went on to say that he can’t remember the exact age when he got involved, but vividly recalls sorting cans and packing lunches for churches or homeless shelters.

“From my earliest memories I think, it was just second nature,” Jordan said. “It’s not forced.”

Jordan considers himself “competitive,” which is one of the reasons why he teamed up with Honey Nut Cheerios. The actor is encouraging fans to make a Good Rewards account online and select a team to support — Jordan (Feeding America), Lucy Hale (ASPCA), or Rob Gronkowski (Gronk Nation Youth Foundation). After buying specially-marked cereal boxes, participants can scan the code on the back of the box and donate the Buzzcoin to whichever team’s charity.

The 31-year-old is proud to support Feeding America, which strives to provide food for millions of Americans each year through food banks, pantries, and meal programs.

Once the competition ends in April 2019, Honey Nut Cheerios will donate $100,000 to the charity with the most Buzzcoins. The foundation that comes in second place will receive $50,000 and the third place charity will get $25,000.

“I think a lot of people sometimes don’t know how to donate,” Jordan told us. “They want to do something charitable, but they don’t know how, so they don’t do anything. But this is something that’s easy, simple, and in their routine. I think everybody loves Honey Nut Cheerios — they love cereal — so to be able to kind of get a great box of cereal and get to help Feeding America… It’s a win-win.”

Source: Insider

Press: Michael B Jordan explains the Rocky timeline ahead of Creed 2’s release

Press: Michael B Jordan explains the Rocky timeline ahead of Creed 2’s release

If you needed a refresher on the Rocky franchise ahead of Creed 2’s release, star Michael B Jordan has you very much sorted.

In one and a half handy minutes, the actor recaps the franchise from the first Rocky movie to the present day, and Apollo Creed’s son Adonis (Jordan) facing off against Ivan Drago’s son Viktor (Florian Munteanu) in the ring.

Take a gander below (spoilers obvs if you haven’t seen any of the Rocky movies):

Creed 2’s first reviews have flooded in this week, though it sounds like it isn’t quite the knockout the first Creed movie was.

However, it sounds like Jordan is in the franchise for the long haul, the actor saying back in September that he would like to keep playing Adonis.

“If I’m lucky. I want to keep making them as long as they’re good. I always want to keep my finger on the pulse. Forty two years, I mean, who knows?”

Speaking about the personal angle of the new movie, with him facing off against his father’s killer’s son, Jordan said it was not “just about revenge”.

“There are other themes in there: the maturity of growth, the importance of family, of legacy, is what makes Creed so special,” he said. “It’s about a lot of things… If we get that lesson across, then I think we’ve made a pretty special movie.”

Creed 2 is out in US cinemas now and November 30 in the UK.

Source: DigitalSpy

Press: What Michael B Jordan Thinks About Black Panther’s Oscar Chances

Press: What Michael B Jordan Thinks About Black Panther’s Oscar Chances

Black Panther made more than $1.3 Billion at the box office. It was given a positive review by 97 percent of critics. Many industry insiders have also already cited its success as a potential watershed moment for Hollywood to start approving more diverse movies and giving them substantially higher budgets. By basically any metric you want to look at, the film has to be viewed as a raging success, and yet, with the Oscars on the horizon, Black Panther stars are starting to get questioned about potential nominations, what they would mean and whether the film needs to perform with Academy Awards voters to truly get to the next level of legitimacy.

Rising star Michael B Jordan is the latest to address the rhino in the room during a recent interview with Essence, and I think his comments are very telling…

“The movie has done such a great job, broke through so many glass ceilings, and made such an impact culturally and around the world. If the Academy chooses to recognize that project for all of those reasons that’s amazing icing on the cake, but I think what the movie has done so far is truly incredible and a win all its own. I felt so accomplished doing this movie, but it’s not up to me to validate the film. So the people who make those decisions, that’s something they have to think about and figure out on their own.”

Very few people go all-in on their own movie’s Oscar chances prior to the nominations. It’s considered a little taboo to campaign too overtly (although some like Melissa Leo have famously just gone for it), and I suspect many people worry about what might happen if they try too hard and don’t get there. But there’s something larger in play with Marvel movies too. All the MCU flicks combined have only been nominated for a total of 10 Oscars, 8 of which have come in the ‘Visual Effects’ category. None of those nominations have resulted in a win. So, I’m sure I would be squeamish too, but Black Panther isn’t just a normal Marvel movie.

Even if you strip away all the buzz around it, the visuals, the costumes, the effects and many of the other below the line details of the film are really, really good. Disney is reportedly planning to push the film really hard, even at the expense of Avengers: Infinity War and even in some of the buzzier categories like Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Even the music categories are very much in play.

I have no idea if any of those more talked about categories will pay off, but whether you think the movie was as good as advertised or not, I think most of us would agree the people who worked on creating the spectacle and the wonder behind Wakanda deserve to be recognized.

So, here’s to hoping this quote, in retrospect, comes off like a classy underplay from Michael B Jordan rather than fitting uncertainty for yet another unrecognized Marvel movie.

Source: CinemaBlend

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan on The Late Late Show with James Corden

MBJ stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote Creed II. Check out the clip below to see Michael discuss Creed II, and demonstrate just how fast his hands are. Side note… can he get any more adorable??

Press/Videos: Michael B. Jordan on The Ellen Show

MBJ was recently on The Ellen Show promoting Creed II. Watch him talk social media hook-ups, his GQ Men of the Year status, raising money for the Lupus LA Foundation, and more.

Press: Michael B. Jordan Finally Reveals Why He Had to Do All Those Push-Ups for Lupita

Press: Michael B. Jordan Finally Reveals Why He Had to Do All Those Push-Ups for Lupita

The junket for Creed II is taking place in what may be the most Philadelphian room since they tore down the jail under Veterans Stadium. In a swank hotel lounge overlooking Rittenhouse Square, the movie’s PR team has helpfully set up hors-d’oeuvre versions of the city’s delicacies, including a make-your-own-cheesesteak bar and a crab fries station, while the film’s trailer plays on loop. It also happens to be the same day on which the Philadelphia 76ers will debut their new Creed-inspired uniforms in a game where Michael B. Jordan will show up to support co-star Tessa Thompson ringing the ceremonial pre-game bell. In other words, it’s the right occasion to take one of Hollywood’s biggest young stars, and ask him a bunch of silly questions about the City of Brotherly Love, as well as the flood of female attention he receives, and why he had to do all those push-ups for Lupita Nyong’o.

A lot of things have happened in the world since the first Creed movie came out. The most important, obviously, is that the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
We came back here right before we shot the second one, right after the parade and it was crazy here. It was just mayhem. You could still feel the energy in the city — everybody from the transit bus drivers to the bartenders, to the meter maids all the way up to politicians and bigwigs.

You’re a producer on this movie. Was there anything that you wanted to include but didn’t?
I wanted him to have a best friend. I wanted to kind of create a kind of Paulie, in a sense. That didn’t end up in this one.

You’ve worked with Ryan Coogler three times. With Steven Caple Jr., it’s a little newer. What was the difference in their directing styles?
Ryan is very internal, very quiet. There’s a lot going on. There’s a lot being said without being said with me and Ryan. I think Steven was a little more vocal. It’s not a good or bad thing, just different.

In the movie, Adonis has to decide if he’s going to fight Viktor Drago, and there’s a whole question about whether he’s doing it for someone else’s reasons, or his own. Have you ever been in a position like that with a project?
For me, I’m always a giver. I’m a pleaser, you know, a fixer. I do a lot of things for other people. That’s something that just comes with me. It’s okay, it’s who I am. Obviously everyone has their own limits, but I think I’ve found a nice little balance between not spreading myself too thin and, at the same time, helping people.

Do you have an example?
No.

Part of the mix of the Creed movies is that Adonis is this aspirational, role-model figure, but he also has to be a real, relatable guy. Are those two goals ever in conflict?
I think there’s always … we take it a scene at a time. Like in the initial moment he found out they were pregnant, I think the real is, Oh snap, I’m not ready for this. Like, “You sure you pregnant?” But then you don’t want that taken out of context, like he’s not happy or he doesn’t want it. We still wanted him to be a proud dad. You can tell by how he runs towards the responsibility. He’s really, really excited about having a kid.

Has playing a dad made you think more about that in your own future?

My own future? I love kids, man. I can’t wait to be in the right position to start a family of my own. I’m looking forward to the day that I start my own little tribe.

You’re in the Oscar conversation for Black Panther.
Am I?

I think you’re on some of the lists. You’re someone who seems very intentional about the choices you make. I was wondering how important that would be for your plans?
Honestly, it’s an honor and it’s definitely humbling. It’s not in my plan. It’s not part of the … it would be cool to win, but at the same time it doesn’t motivate me to just strive for that. I just want to tell honest stories and good movies. Be successful at that. If I get put in that conversation with other talented actors and films, I’ll take that as a plus too.

For both the Creed movies and Black Panther, you have to get very big. Does that kind of thing affect the way you feel about your own body?
Right now, I feel so small, man. I’ve lost so much weight to play [real-life lawyer] Bryan Stevenson in Just Mercy. I don’t want to look the same all the time and I can’t grow a beard, so I’ve got to find different ways to switch it up. Coming off of a project like Creed II, where Adonis is un-human like, it’s so hard to walk around like that. I’m kind of like, What is my real body? I gotta buy different clothes. I go through a period of time where I’m pretty huge, and then suits don’t fit me the right way. But I prefer being in shape. I’m about to start getting back into shape.

For what?
Life.

On the Black Panther press tour Lupita got to make you do push-ups whenever she wanted. Is that still in effect?
First of all, that was my thing. I created that. Me and Joe, my barber, we started doing this thing, on-site pushups. Just a way to keep sets fun. So you can bet on anything — “What color is your cardigan?” “It’s green.” “I disagree, it’s blue”It was definitely green. — you bet five pushups, but they’re on retainer. If I lost, you could call me up whenever you wanted within a week, ‘cause they expire in a week. You can ask for however many you want: You can go all five or you can go one at a time. But the goal is to get somebody in the most embarrassing situation. So if you’re at a floor seat of a Laker game, or if it’s four o’clock in the morning and you’re in bed, then you’ve got to get out of bed and do your pushup. It’s a fun game, and I lost a bet to her.

What was the bet?
I can’t remember. Oh, actually, I do remember but I can’t talk about it. It was a bet along the lines of DMs. She made a bet about how many DMs I got of a certain type. I feel like I won, but for the sake of the game I was a good sport. To this day she still feels like I owe her one pushup. Hopefully on this next press tour I’ll be able to get her in my pocket and you’ll see her doing pushups.

Where’s the most embarrassing place you had to do them?
We’re at the Calvin Klein fashion show, Raf Simmons’s creative vision of the set was a foot of popcorn, like everywhere. We’re sitting down at the thing and she’s like, “Mike, give me one.” I’m like, “Oh snap, that’s good.” She learned. So I had to do pushups in the middle of a fashion show in a foot of popcorn.

When I told people I was interviewing you, basically every woman I talked to, including my sister, asked me if I would give you their numbers. I’m not going to do that, but I was wondering how cognizant of that type of thing are you?
I’ve become more aware of it as time goes on.

How does that make you feel?
It’s a humbling feeling, you know. I’m a pretty quiet guy, so you know, the attention is welcome. It’s all good. I appreciate it. I’ll take that position.

Do you have to worry about feeling yourself too much?
No, no. I’ve got people around me, from my family to my best friends and stuff and they all hate. They don’t care what all I’m doing. They take pride in trying to deflate me as much as possible. We heckle each other, we call bullshit, so it’s good.

There’s one more thing I wanted to do before we’re done. Because I feel like these are becoming very iconic Philadelphia movies, I wanted to get your opinion on other iconic Philadelphia figures. And if there’s one you don’t have an opinion on, we can skip. So first: Sly Stallone.
Legend. Icon. He started the Rocky franchise, he set the blueprint to boxing movies, and passed the torch to my franchise. He’s always dropping gems of wisdom.

What kind of gems?
Just anything business, in front of the camera or behind the camera. The art of selling a punch. How movie fights are supposed to go, all that good stuff. He’s always willing to tell or share.

Joel Embiid.
The future of Philly. Last of a dying breed, as far as true big men, but can still come out and shoot the three, stretch the defense out. I think personality on the million. He’s so funny and entertaining. Confident to a fault sometimes, but great guy and cool dude.

Ben Simmons.
Confident as well. Super talented. He’s got to work on the shot.

He’s got to take the shot.
Yeah, I know, but he’s a pass person. I love that about him. Once the defense has to respect the shot, I think that is going to make him that much greater. Future of the league, for sure.

Gritty, the Flyers mascot.
No opinion.

Benjamin Franklin.
No opinion.

Tina Fey.
I didn’t know she was from Philly. Tina Fey is dope. I like her a lot, her personality and her sense of humor. She always makes me laugh. I just think she’s a good human.

Bradley Cooper.
I love Bradley Cooper. I got a chance to meet him and become cool with him over the years. Funny, multi-talented, stepping behind the camera. I can’t wait to see A Star is Born, I haven’t had a chance yet. I hear it’s phenomenal.

Source: Vulture

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan and Steven Caple Jr. Review Boxing Movies | Vanity Fair

CREED II star Michael B. Jordan and director Steven Caple Jr. watch and react to some of the most famous boxing movies of all time, including Ali, Raging Bull, Rocky and more! CREED II is in theaters now.

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson Interview Each Other

MBJ and Creed II co-star Tessa Thompson gave each other a quick interview in this clip from IGN. Check out the clip, including Michael attempting to sing Eye of the Tiger (giggles) below.

Press/Video: Michael B. Jordan on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

MBJ recently visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote the release of Creed II. Check out the clips below to see Michael talking about Creed II, his photoshoot for the GQ Men of the Year issue, Thanksgiving, and more.

Press/Radio Interview: Michael B. Jordan On His Ultimate Goal, Industry Diversity And ‘Creed II’

NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with actor Michael B. Jordan as he bookends his year in movies with a return as boxer Adonis Johnson in the sequel Creed II.

TRANSCRIPT

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

This year, Michael B. Jordan has clearly brought his A game. He stole the show in “Black Panther” with his charismatic turn as Erik Killmonger, the villain in a superhero movie.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “BLACK PANTHER”)

MICHAEL B. JORDAN: (As Erik Killmonger) Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships because they knew death was better than bondage.

CORNISH: And now he’s taking another swing at the box office with “Creed II.” It’s the follow-up to the “Rocky” movie franchise.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “CREED II”)

JORDAN: (As Adonis Johnson) You want to talk about smart decisions, Rock. You in this house all alone. Who been taking care of you? Me. I’ve been here for you.

CORNISH: In this film, his character, Adonis Creed, is a champion boxer with a chip on his shoulder. The son of Apollo Creed of the “Rocky” films, Adonis is trying to define his own legacy. Jordan says, at one point, he too had a chip on his shoulder but for a different reason.

JORDAN: Being named Michael Jordan – I think growing up playing sports and having a name like Michael Jordan, and I was extremely competitive, I used to get teased a lot. But it made me want to strive for greatness and be able to compete at whatever I decided to do. So…

CORNISH: That seems like a good kind of teasing, though. Like, how did it play in a way that made you feel uncomfortable?

JORDAN: I mean, I wanted to change my name, at one point.

CORNISH: Oh, really?

JORDAN: I mean, kids are brutal. You know, I think – you know, it seems like the world is crashing down around you when you were – you know, when you’re 11 years old or 12 years old and you’re getting, like – you know, you’re teased about your name. Like, I didn’t develop that self-confidence just yet.

CORNISH: He’s since made up for it. He goes by Michael B Jordan. The B is for Bakari, and he’s no longer content with just mastering the world of acting. The 31-year-old has been working in the industry since he was a preteen, appearing in everything from “All My Children” to “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights.” Now he has his own production company, Outlier Society Productions. I asked him what is his ultimate goal – mogul, movie star, what?

JORDAN: Oh, man – world domination.

CORNISH: Yeah, I believe it. That’s why I’m asking (laughter).

JORDAN: Yeah, it’s something like that. I never use my age as a handicap, you know? It’s like, oh, you’re too young to do this or, you know, you haven’t had enough experience to do that. And, you know, I did “Friday Night Lights” and I got a chance to really spend a lot of time with the producers and directors and the showrunner and just learning the inner workings of a show, you know, the production, how to put things together. And once I saw the formula, I was like, oh, I could do that.

And then I just started spending time with friends that were like-minded and believed in the same thing. And we just started to develop things. I started to accumulate IP, whether it’d be a newspaper article or a graphic novel or a book or something. You know, I was always just acquiring things, waiting for the moment of somebody to ask me, well, what do you want to do next? And like, oh, wow…

CORNISH: And this is intellectual property that – meaning that the source of story ideas that people use for movies.

JORDAN: Oh, I’m sorry.

CORNISH: No, now we’re getting into the real good stuff because you’re speaking your natural language, which is business.

JORDAN: Yeah. It’s a question I always ask myself. You know, growing up into this industry, auditioning for projects when I was younger and always seeing the usual suspects, we almost felt like we were pitted against each other like it was a competition when it shouldn’t be…

CORNISH: Meaning you’d see the same actors over and over, and you guys are competing for, you know, troubled teen three.

JORDAN: For one role – exactly – for the same role. And then, you know, if you’re booking, then you’re becoming successful, but everybody else is looking at you like, oh, man. Like, you’re taking, you know, almost food out my mouth, and it shouldn’t be like that, you know? It’s because there’s a lack of roles. There’s just not enough out there. So I’ve always had the notion of create the roles, you know, not the stereotypical roles. You know, I told my agency at a younger age earlier in my career, like, I only wanted to go out for roles that were written for Caucasian males because I knew the roles had no bias on it. It was just…

CORNISH: But how’d that go? When you showed up to the room, was the casting agent doing a double take or what was the deal?

JORDAN: No, it was so welcomed, you know. It was almost like some people I think were almost shocked that I was taking that position. My agency always kind of backed me and believed in what I was doing and knew and understood the strategy behind it. You know, I’ve been extremely blessed. Man, it’s – everything that I’ve ever wanted has happened. And I know it’s not usually like that, so I understand, you know, the fortunate position that I’m in.

CORNISH: I – one other thing I want to ask about. You announced last year that you would adopt inclusion riders on your projects. And people may have heard about this from Frances McDormand, the actress who gave this really impassioned speech at the Academy Awards where she talked about this idea that you can put a clause in your contract that says there needs to be diversity in hiring on the project that I am in. I don’t know if other people answered the call, but for you as someone who owns a production company, what’s been the reality of trying to make that happen?

JORDAN: People have been very receptive. I think taking the moment that I have and the heat that I’m generating right now in demanding things – and that’s the confidence that – it’s new, you know, in the last year or so. But, yeah, you know, my first project, you know, under the inclusion rider was “Just Mercy,” the story of Bryan Stevenson. I just got finished filming in Atlanta. And it looked and felt like a set that I’ve always wanted to have, you know, before there was an inclusion rider.

Like, that would have been second nature for me. I would have hired women. I would’ve hired, you know, people with disabilities. I would’ve hired people of color. As a black man, that’s not something that we needed to have on paper. And being able to partner up with Warner Brothers media and help work and build that policy for them is a major deal for me. You know, it’s part of entertainment history. You know, to have that so early in my career, so early in my life is a big deal for me.

CORNISH: I grew up like you around the same period, ’80s and ’90s, and I feel like I grew up with the hip-hop mogul. And this is probably the first time I’ve heard of an actor really thinking in that same way.

JORDAN: That’s powerful.

CORNISH: You know what I mean?

JORDAN: No, I know exactly what you’re saying.

CORNISH: Like, those guys were like, we need to own our content. We need to own our thing. We need to control whatever aspects of it we can control. But you didn’t really hear that that much in acting because there was always just, like, one guy who was the famous black guy at any given time.

JORDAN: Well because there – we’re still very much so the minority, you know? I think with music, we dictate culture. I think with sports, we dictate culture. I think with film and television, we’re still defining ourselves. We still have, you know, getting out of thinking of a black cinema, black films – no, film. You know what I’m saying? Like, I’m trying to get to the point where it’s the norm. We don’t have to classify it as just black this, black that. You don’t hear anybody saying white film. And I’m just taking the steps that I see that I feel like are the right moves in order to get there. It may not happen in my lifetime and I’m cool with that because I’m working on a blueprint, a foundation. That’s what legacy is about. You’re defined by who you put on, what opportunities have you given to somebody else. Because I’m not going to be in every movie. I’m not that guy. I enjoy putting other people on. I enjoy creating roles and opportunities for people. Like, that’s just my thing.

I look at the first to do things, you know, and I see what went wrong. What did they do? What was the approach? What was the social climate like? What other things are happening on in the world that allowed that to happen that supported that change? And what are things – what was the pushback? What was the resistance around that change? And I try to tweak it as much as I can. That’s probably why I don’t sleep. I have all these…

CORNISH: (Laughter).

JORDAN: I’m always…

CORNISH: I believe that. I can picture you lying in bed saying all of these things plotting world domination.

(LAUGHTER)

JORDAN: Because I’m willing to sacrifice right now. I told myself that my 20s would be sacrificed for work and the 30s I was going to chill out, but I was like no. I still got things to do. I can’t let up off the gas.

CORNISH: Well, Michael B. Jordan, this was fascinating conversation. Thank you so much for speaking with us.

JORDAN: Oh, very smart questions. I love your conversation – any time.

CORNISH: Michael B. Jordan – his new film, “Creed II,” opens today.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “THE FIRE”)

THE ROOTS: (Singing) There’s something in your heart, and it’s in your eyes. It’s the fire inside you.

Source: NPR

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