Fantastic Four - Michael B. Jordan On Fan Complaints About Him Playing Human Torch

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At an event in Rome (on 3-6-14), Michael B. Jordan talked about the criticism of the 'Fantastic Four' reboot and the decision to cast him as Johnny Storm AKA The Human Torch.

Of all the crazy, effed-up fan complaints I've heard recently, this one takes the cake. I mean, there are people who actually have a problem with Jordan playing Johnny Storm because of his race. Come on, that's the most idiotic (and racist) nonsense I've heard in a long time.

Check out the video below for Jordan's comments on the fan criticism. Thanks to SuperheroHype for providing the transcript (the video sound quality is pretty poor).


"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. But annoyed? Eh, you just kinda accept it, it is what it is. 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. I grew up a comic book guy, I read comic books as a kid growing up, and the Fantastic Four/Human Torch is one of my favorite characters so I'm going to give it my everything. I can't wait. I don't really let it bother me at all. I just want to go into it and do the best job I can. We'll see what happens."


Jordan also talked about why he wanted the role of The Human Torch. 


"The Human Torch is, 'yknow, that's fun. That's going to be a good time…To play a superhero? That's dreams coming true. It's not going to be hard. It's going to be fun to kind of show a side of me that I don't really get to show on screen, to be a little bit lighter, funnier, just more personality. It's going to be fun."


'The Fantastic Four' opens July 19, 2015.

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