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Michael B. Jordan was depressed.
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HOLLYWOOD — Actor Michael B. Jordan raised eyebrows the other day when he admitted he was depressed after playing Erik Killmonger in Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” movie. Michael was so dejected, he needed therapy. Killmonger is the emotionless Usurper who kicked King T’Challa’s ass, took his throne, subjugated Wakanda, then physically abused an African woman by grabbing her by the throat and lifting her up in the air. He also aspired to wage war against non-blacks whereas T’Challa sought peace and tranquility. Killmonger is Malcolm X. T’Challa is Martin Luther King Jr. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. Killmonger is just more of an asshole. “That was the first time I was actually like, not feeling like myself,” Michael recalled. “I was like, ‘Man, I’m depressed.'” Social media reaction was supportive. One commenter wrote, “Killmonger honestly stole the show. Most well-developed villain Marvel has introduced so far.”
Another fan chimed in with, “Killmonger was RIGHT. T’Challa was WRONG.” A third person added, “Michael B. Jordan’s performance was f*cking stellar. Usually I’m one to mock people who want capeshit nominated for academy awards. But his performance was genuinely incredible. I’ve been a fan of both Coogler and Jordan for years and was still blown away by this.”
It’s certainly not uncommon for thespians to feel queasy after portraying a repulsive role.
Leonardo DiCaprio almost vomited on the set of “Django” after the director forced him to say “n*gger” a million times during his infamous portrayal of slave owner Calvin Candie.
Should Killmonger be considered a villain or hero?
Who was right? Killmonger or T’Challa?
Watch Michael elucidate his dramatis personae.
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