Michael B Jordan responds to Fantastic Four criticisms

News Glen Chapman
7 Mar 2014 - 06:41

Michael B Jordan, the new Human Torch in Fantastic Four, has responded to the controversies over the film's casting...

We suspect that the controversy surrounding the casting of the upcoming Fantastic Four hasn't escaped you, and it's something we looked at on the site here. One of the particular areas of debate has been the casting of Michael B Jordan as Johnny Storm (the Human Torch). The specific issue centres on skin colour. Storm's on-screen sister is being played by Kate Mara in the film, and questions have been raised with regards whether a brother and sister should have the same colour skin.

Jordan has now been chatting about the controversy, declaring that "it was expected". "You kinda know going into it that people are used to seeing something one way, it's a continuity thing more than anything. People don't like change too much. But annoyed? Eh, you just kinda accept it, it is what it is. You can't make everybody happy", he said.

"You just gotta accept that and know. I'm an actor, I have to do my job. I'm going to do my job the best I can and the way I've been doing it my entire life, my entire career. I grew up a comic book guy, I read comic books as a kid growing up, and the Fantastic Four/Human Torch is one of my favourite characters so I'm going to give it my everything. I can't wait. I don't really let it bother me at all. I just want to go into it and do the best job I can. We'll see what happens".

On a more positive note, Jordan went on to talk about the appeal of the role. "The Human Torch is, y'know, that's fun. That's going to be a good time...To play a superhero? That's dreams coming true. It's not going to be hard. It's going to be fun to kind of show a side of me that I don't really get to show on screen, to be a little bit lighter, funnier, just more personality. It's going to be fun".

Fantastic Four is due for release on June 19th 2015. Josh Trank is directing.


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