Fifteen years before they vied for the throne of Wakanda in “Black Panther,” Michael B. Jordan was tapped to replace Chadwick Boseman on “All My Children.”
For a Wrap cover story, both actors talked for the first time about why Boseman walked away from the soap opera.
After only a week playing teen thug Reggie Montgomery, Boseman complained about the stereotypical nature of the role.
Instead of tweaking the part, they fired then 26-year-old Boseman and brought in 16-year-old Jordan, who had just completed 12 episodes on HBO’s acclaimed crime docudrama “The Wire.”
Boseman recalled, “When I got it, I was like…’This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?… I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it. I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for [Jordan].”
As Boseman told The Wrap, “They said, ‘You are too much trouble,’ but they took my suggestions, or some of them. And for me, honestly, that’s what this is about.”
Jordan said he’s appreciative for Boseman’s influence, even though he didn’t know about it at the time. “I’m younger than Chad, and I was coming into ‘All My Children’ fresh off ‘The Wire’ — wide open, still learning. I was playing this role not knowing that a lot of the things I was going through were because of what he’d already done for me.”
The younger actor went on to say, “It’s hard to speak in the moment about how things we do can affect other people. But this is a pure example, right here on the spot… to understand how what people do now can directly affect what other people do in the future. And the work that we’re doing on ‘Black Panther’ is hopefully doing the same thing for the next group of actors that are coming up, just like our predecessors opened up doors and made things easier for us.”
[Via The Wrap]
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