Michael B. Jordan was recently cast as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in the upcoming “Fantastic Four” movie, but his casting in the role didn’t come without backlash from some critics because the new Johnny Storm is black. According to a report by E! News on March 7, Jordan addressed the backlash surrounding the film at a news conference in Rome.
The 27-year-old actor, who was actually at the conference for his “Fruitvale Station” premiere, took time to address the controversy surrounding his casting.
“It was expected. You kinda know going into it that people are used to seeing something one way, it’s a continuity thing more than anything. People don’t like change too much.”
Jordan accepted reaction knowing that you can’t please everybody. As a fan of the comic version and the character that he is playing, he gave those upset about the casting the benefit of the doubt by attributing it to “continuity” and not associating it to race. But as an actor he can only do his job.
“You can’t make everybody happy. You just gotta accept that and know. I’m an actor, I have to do my job. I’m going to do my job the best I can and the way I’ve been doing it my entire life, my entire career.”
As an actor, Michael B. Jordan has the challenge of making some of those same critics accept and conform to his image of Johnny Storm. Jordan is excited to begin work on the movie and just wants to do the best job he can do.