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Michael B. Jordan

Screw Critics, Fans Will

Love My Black Human Torch

2/21/2014 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Michael B. Jordan has a message for all the hating comic book fans who say a BLACK man can't play the extremely WHITE Human Torch -- CHILL OUT!

Jordan just got the the role of Johnny Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four remake -- even though in comics, the character's always been blonde-haired, blue-eyed ... and has a white sister Sue Storm (Kate Mara got that role).

Last night at Chi Lin in WeHo ... we asked MBJ what he would say to critics who said things like: "Don't cast a black guy to play a white super hero. It's just not right!" ... and "no no no no no no and nooooooo!!!"

Check out Michael's answer. One thing's for sure ... Black Torch has way more swagger.

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61.

DW1982    

I'm sure the re-boot will be better than the two lame movie versions that preceded it, despite the casting decision.

211 days ago
62.

jeff boy    

Black Panther should be cast as a white person. His back story could be he is now from South Africa.

211 days ago
63.

jeebus chris    

I don't care. I can see how it would annoy purists though. Johnny Storm's a blonde haired, blue eyed, white kid, and Sue Storm's his big sister. Anyone who knows anything about comics knows that. But that's only because most of the old, "classic" DC and Marvel comics were made by white people, for white people, with all white characters all the way up to some time in the 70s probably. . They'd be a lot different if they were created today. But instead of making Johnny Storm black all of a sudden, they could have another character in the movie who already is black, like Black Panther or Deathlok, both way cooler characters than Johnny Storm anyway.

211 days ago
64.

Nikki Styles    

Moses was born in Africa and All the Egyptians were Black but in every movie they are betrayed as white. Jesus=Palestine, Noah=Iran but these new movies they are only white actors.

211 days ago
65.

Marie    

Anyone can play any role if they have the talent regardless of color. Why is it always an issue with some idiots when a Black person plays what is seen as a traditional role once played by a Caucasian person. Pure ignorance and arrogance.

211 days ago
66.

Black    

Every superhero is white so what do they do blame Stan lee for being a racist

209 days ago
67.

Joseph    

It gets pretty old that black people are constantly saying how much more important it is to be black than white, doesn't anyone see this, all over the net, they are saying basically, him being white shows no roots, but if he was black, it'd be a hell of a lot more important not to change him, isn't this the definition of racism!?

208 days ago
68.

Joseph    

I just saw the voting pole at the top...I was surprised to learn that only 41% of the population orginally interested in this franchise disapprove. Great work guys!!! (=

208 days ago
69.

Joseph    

I find it funny by the vote, you can see at least 41% who were interested in this reboot to begin with, are now gonna pass on it, good luck, Mike and Josh, congratulation, I wish you love birds nothing but the best!!! (=

lets not let those addresses leak friends

208 days ago
70.

Jsabbath    

This is really stupid Hollywood needs to pull there head out of there behind trying to be PC and politically correct is what is wrong with this country. And just so you know I refuse to go see this movie so this actor is totally wrong and I have a list of friends and family who all feel the same way and a lot of black friends who feel the same way. I also refused to see the Lone Ranger and prince of Persia by the way.

208 days ago
71.

yerghost    

I like my heroes just the way they are thank you they keep changing stuff when they can make more of them so what if he's a good actor honeymooner's, king pin, ect if it ain't broke don't fix it if the movie (the 2000 version) sold more copies like the avengers this would never have happend nope I don't like this at all. I'm a black guy and I approve this message

198 days ago
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boonesalvo    

Being a privileged white kid is intrinsic to Johnny Storm's character. As is being a full, blood brother to Sue Storm. Being the pretty white girl is intrinsic to *her* character. Regardless, the two being beautiful and looking the same is *also* intrinsic to their characters and stories. If one is black, they both should be. But neither should be.

I rarely see anyone mention the elephant in the room. Casting Jordan is not only actually racists in and of itself, but it is Hollywood-style nepotism at it's best.

There were no auditions. He was chosen because he was "best for the role".

Further, he was chosen, in part, *because* he is black...for a TOKEN black character...which is racist.

The *obvious* token is The Thing...but he is Jewish (which is near zero in terms of being a major part of his character) and a black Jew is just dumb, right?

Or Reed Richards. His race isn't near as intrinsic to the character as Johnny and Sue's race. But there's no way we can have a superhero whose intelligence is his primary character trait be black. Everyone knows black people are athletic, like bling bling, and make louds jokes all the time...they aren't *smart*!

So, Johnny Storm has to be black...because he *acts* like black people. And...we can't have an interracial love story.

Casting Jordan, and only Jordan, as black is absolutely racist. Anyone sensitive to race relations should be outraged.

193 days ago
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