Rising actor and “Fantastic Four” star, Michael B. Jordan, showed nothing less than professionalism when asked a rather provocative question about his role.
In the latest “Fantastic Four” film, which hits theaters this Friday, Jordan plays Johnny Storm (a.k.a the Human Torch) who is the brother of Sue Storm. Historically, Johnny Storm has always been a white character, but Jordan is black. His co-star, Kate Mara, plays his sister Sue who is white. Of course, this dynamic has caused some controversy and not so nice comments from fans.
In an interview with the “Rock 100.5 Morning Show” in Atlanta, Jordan and Mara were asked how could they play brother and sister in the film if their races differ. The “Fruitvale Station”, actor responded accordingly saying:
“They could be raised as brother and sister. I mean, there’s a whole bunch of family dynamics that could be without the ‘obvious’ adoption”
This was not the actor’s first encounter with such a question. In an interview with Jimmy Kimmel, it was brought up that the two are playing brother and sister although there is a major difference between them. When Kimmel asked, “how did they [writer's] figure that out?,” Jordan said:
“I’m pretty sure there’s white people out there with other ethnicities-- brothers and sisters. Doesn’t mean biological. It’s the world that we live in.”
When Kimmel continued to press the issue, the actor responded saying, “It’s kind of self-explanatory. It’s one of those things where I don’t like drawing attention to the ignorance sometimes. You gotta let it be what it is.”
Kimmel then tried to make the point that people would be questioning how such a dynamic can come to be, but Jordan brought the discussion to end, “There’s a thing called adoption. It happens.”
Is this truly as big of a deal as it is being made out to be? What do you think?