As one of the most popular actors working in Hollywood today, Michael B Jordan undoubtedly has a wide selection of movies offered to him.
But Jordan has made it clear that he wants his roles and movies to deliver more than just entertainment.
In fact, Jordan told Time magazine that he wanted his work “to be part of justice as a whole”.
Michael B. Jordan joins Black Panther co-stars at Chadwick Boseman memorial
Jordan admitted as much when he gave a toast on Tuesday to celebrate being included on the Time’s 100 most influential people in the world list.
“When you see these glimpses of strength and solidarity, I think it just makes me want to be better; it makes me want to work harder,” he said. “If I can do a bit of that hard work – if I can afford them more opportunity so they can stand on my shoulders and be a little bit taller – I think I’m doing my job.”
Even though he is just 33 years old, Jordan has already been doing that for most of his career.
In fact, his critically acclaimed, breakout role in 2013’s Fruitvale Station told the story of the last day of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by a BART police officer in Oakland, California, on New Year’s Day 2009.
Jordan most recently appeared in and produced Just Mercy, too, starring as young defence attorney Bryan Stevenson, who in real life appealed the wrongful conviction of Walter McMillan, and helped to expose the corruption and injustice of the U.S. prison system.
You can check out Michael B Jordan’s full speech for Time Magazine by clicking on the below Instagram video:
Jordan will next be seen in Without Remorse, an Amazon adaptation of the 1993 Tom Clancy novel, which will see him playing U.S. Navy SEAL John Clark as he goes on a vengeful mission to solve his wife’s murder.