Last night, Colbert welcomed Michael B. Jordan to his stage on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert!
Growing up as a Marvel Comics kid, it was a dream come true for Michael B. Jordan to play a role in the year’s hottest breakout film Black Panther – even if it was the villain.
Michael B. Jordan has a pretty impressive record, with Creed, Black Panther, the upcoming Creed II and Fahrenheit 451, Friday Night Lights. Sure, Jordan may have had a few blips in the past, with That Awkward Moment and 2015’s Fantastic Four flop. But if you were to judge every actor by the few terrible movies they were in, then, well, only Meryl Streep would retain her current regard. This guy was on The Wire as a kid! He has indefinite cred just from that.
Jordan has been acting since he was 12 years old. But he didn’t always know he’d be an actor – he had to have a plan B. His fallback? Well, it wasn’t the most stable career choice either, but if you go all-in on two unstable careers, one of them is bound to work out, right? It’s a good thing that the acting thing did work out for him, otherwise he’d be Fast and Furiousing in a completely different way. That’s right, Jordan spent his youth as a street racer. That was always option B, though, and the acting thing just caught on.
You know by now that it’s not a Stephen Colbert interview until things get political. And with Jordan’s new film Fahrenheit 451 coming out, it was always headed in that direction. A film based on a book that is essentially about the horrors of destroying information, it hits just a little close to home these days – probably moreso than author Ray Bradbury had ever hoped. But Michael B. Jordan has some words about it, and the idea that a guy like him is on that page, shows at least that there’s a little bit of hope out there.