“There is no award that can validate his legacy.”
Like almost everyone who watched the Oscars this weekend, Michael B. Jordan was also shocked when his “Black Panther” co-star Chadwick Boseman failed to win Best Actor for his work on “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
Even the show’s producers clearly thought it was a sure thing, as they moved the category at the end of the night, hoping to end up at an emotional high point. Instead, the trophy went to Anthony Hopkins, who was not even allowed to come near the ceremony to give an acceptance speech.
Appearing on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show to promote his new movie “Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse,” Jordan was asked how he felt about losing Boseman, when his victory seemed like a “closed deal.”
“I think a part of everyone had a little bit of that feeling watching him. But you know, that’s how I feel honestly and really, there is no award that can validate his legacy,” he replied.
“There is no victory that can take anything away from the lives of everyone that he impacted, his family, including myself, so you have to look at the things we can control and the gifts and blessings he left us,” Jordan continued. . “And that’s this incredible body of work and what it represents as a person.”
Jordan also revealed that he “held back” watching “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” for a while because he wanted to “savor” the experience.
“In hindsight, that would be his last performance that people had a chance to see, to be able to see,” he explained. “So you want to savor that moment. As one of your favorite shows, you don’t want to see the last episode, you just want to leave it there and in my spare time I watched it.”
“He was a man of incredible performance.” “You can see, giving everything he had, he obviously knew something that no one else knew. But, but truly powerful, truly incredible, legendary, yes.”
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Jordan was also asked how likely it would be, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the least likely, to see him appear in “Black Panther 2.”
“I’ll go with two solids,” he said laughing. “I didn’t want to go with zero. You know what I mean? And it’s like, never say never … I can’t predict the future. So I mean, it’s 2, Black Panther 2. Both of us, I just thought two they’d be like … two sounds are fine. I guess. “
He said he didn’t really know much about the sequel, except that he knew they were working on a script that “is a reflection of a lot of circumstances and tragedies that we had to deal with last year.”
He added: “I know [director Ryan Coogler] and Marvel are going to do the best job of developing a story in a way that makes everyone happy and satisfied and honors Chad and moves forward gracefully. “
Costar Lupita Nyong’o recently spoke with Yahoo! about the script, saying that the way Coogler “rephrased the second film is very respectful of the loss we’ve had Alles experienced as a cast and as a world. “
She added: “It feels spiritually and emotionally correct to do this. And hopefully what I look forward to is getting back together and honoring what he started with us and keeping his light through him. Because he left us so much light. . in which we are still going to bathe. I know for sure. “
Black Panther 2 will hit theaters on July 8, 2022.
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