“Fantastic Four” cast member Michael B.
Jordan responds to backlash from critics regarding his casting.
The “Fruitvale Station” actor responded to the criticisms in an open letter he shared with Entertainment Weekly .
“You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero,” said Jordan.
“But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four-a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes-I wanted to check the pulse out there.” The 28 year-old actor he quoted what the critics have been saying since he nabbed the role, mentioning “it’s not true to the comic” and “they must be doing it because Obama’s president.” Jordan revealed that it used to “bother” him, “but it doesn’t anymore.” “I can see everybody’s perspective, and I know I can’t ask the audience to forget 50 years of comic books,” he explained.
“But the world is a little more diverse in 2015 than when the ‘Fantastic Four’ comic first came out in 1961.” The “Chronicle” star kept his composure and gave friendly advice to his critics.
“To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: ‘Get your head out of the computer.'” “Go outside and walk around,” he wrote.
“Look at the people walking next to you.
Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with.” ” Just understand this is the world we live in,” he added.
“It’s ok to like it.” Josh Trank’s reboot of “Fantastic Four” has been surrounded in controversy since its early development stages due to its casting and changes to the original storyline.
According to Screen Rant , “there have been so arguments for why Jordan’s casting is all wrong – from outright racism to anti-political correctness to wanting the movie to be more faithful to the comics to not wanting Susan Storm to adopted, etc.” “Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of ‘Black Film,'” Jordan said.
“Or they could look at it as a creative choice by the director, Josh Trank, who is in an interracial relationship himself-a reflection of what a modern family looks like today.” “Fantastic Four” arrives in theaters on Aug.