Michael B. Jordan: “The Journey Is The Real Prize”
…turn his life around on the last day of 2008 before ringing in the New Year with his girlfriend and friends. But his life got cut short by an angry police officer and the real life killing got caught on someone’s cell phone.
Jordan once again teamed up with Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler in this follow-up to the Rocky movie franchise. Jordan gives an unforgettable performance as the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa’s main rival in the boxing ring. The on-screen chemistry with Sylvester Stallone and Jordan was one that no critic could deny earning critical acclaim across the board from moviegoers everywhere.
So what’s next for you the young actor?
Next up, Jordan will star in Short Term 12 director Destin Cretton’s Just Mercy, based on Bryan Stevenson’s 2014 memoir, as a civil-rights lawyer fighting to free a death-row prisoner. After that, he plans to reteam with Coogler for Wrong Answer, the true story of an Atlanta schoolteacher ensnared in a standardized-test cheating scandal. Somewhere between those and Coogler’s Black Panther, the duo will presumably make time for Creed 2, which Stallone has hinted may include Godfather II–esque flashbacks to the relationship between Rocky and Apollo.
Jordan is still adjusting. “You’re thinking about things you would never otherwise think about,” he says. “Before I leave up out the house, I’ve got to think about where I’m going and who might be there. Do I need a haircut today? I haven’t gotten a cut in like a week. Damn, I just wore this shit out — and the paparazzi might be out there. You start to think about things that are not normal.”