Michael B. Jordan has revealed that he sought therapy after shooting Black Panther.
The 31-year-old actor – who played villain Erik Killmonger in the film – opened up while stopping by Oprah‘s SuperSoul Conversations at PlayStation Theater on Tuesday (February 5) in New York City.
“Of course it’s an extreme, exaggerated version of the African diaspora from the African American perspective, so to be able to take that kind of pain and rage and all those emotions that Erik kind of represents from being black and brown here in America,” he said. “That was something I didn’t take lightly.”
“I didn’t have a process [for getting into character],” he continued. “I just did whatever I felt I needed to do or whatever I felt was right in the moment every step of the way … [but] I didn’t have an escape plan, either. I think just being in that kind of mind state … it caught up with me. It was a little tough for me at first … readjusting to people caring about me, getting that love that I shut out.”
“Your mind is so powerful,” he added. “Your mind will get your body past a threshold that it would have given up on way before. Honestly, therapy, just talking to somebody just helped me out a lot. As a man you get a lot of slack for it … I don’t really subscribe to that. Everyone needs to unpack and talk.”
It was just announced that Michael‘s Outlier Society and Warner Bros. have nabbed the film rights to “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” a fantasy novel by Marlon James, Variety reports.
Click inside to find out more about “Black Leopard, Red Wolf”…
Here’s the synopsis: “‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’ draws on African mythology to tell the story of Tracker, whose acute sense of smell leads him to be hired to find a missing child against a backdrop of warring kingdoms and political chaos. The child he seeks may be the heir to an empire, something that complicates matters.”
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