Michael B. Jordan On Fruitvale Station, Spider-Man’s Sexuality, And Dancing With Zac Efron


Spider-Man‘s Andrew Garfield recently said that the superhero’s sexuality is open to interpretation, and he named you as someone he’d want to play his gay lover in the film, should Marc Webb choose to go that route.
No thoughts on that, but I am a fan of Andrew. He’s a talented actor, I admire his work, and I’d definitely love to work with him in the future. He’s a funny guy–he’s got a sense of humor and I love people that won’t take themselves too seriously all the time, so it’s cool for him to come out and say how he felt or joke around or whatever. It was fun, I laughed at it.

Superheroes are such iconic characters in pop culture, and many fans maintain a specific vision of what they feel a character should look or act like. What do you think about taking a more open interpretation to these characters so many hold dear?
That was the smoothest question to ask me without asking, that was pretty good. [Ed note: Jordan is rumored to be up for the role of Human Torch in Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot, but no official casting has been announced.] I think a lot of times with comic books, there’s a continuity issue with people.I think with any kind of show, if you have a character you grew up with that gets recast, sometimes people feel a certain way about it. If it’s specific to race or other characteristics that can’t change and would be detrimental to the character, then I feel like they shouldn’t be changed. But just a generic “He’s American, he’s smart, he’s funny, his name is XYZ”? Then I feel like anybody could be able to play that role. Hopefully moving forward people will be able to be a little bit more open-minded. It’s 2013, you have to be able to illustrate that.

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