Michael B. Jordan Explains Why He Turns Down Roles Where His Character Dies

Published On September 16, 2019 » 276 Views» By Z-rowe »

Michael B. Jordan is tired of dying on screen, so he’s simply not going to do it anymore.

While promoting his upcoming film ‘Just Mercy‘ at the Toronto International Film Festival, the 32-year-old actor talked about why he no longer accepts roles where his character dies.

I never thought about what my mom went through seeing her son die so many times and how she would cry so hard and it would tear me up, and when I got older and matured and started looking at things, I was like, ‘Man, I can’t do this anymore.’

It wasn’t just the emotional reaction from his mother, though. He wanted to live. He wanted to see his characters survive and thrive at the end.

Part of the reason why I almost refused a lot of roles [was] because I can’t die anymore. I want people to see me live. I want for me, as a character, I want to survive all three acts. I want people to watch me right into the credits. That’s kind of what I was going for, so it was strategic to walk away from some of those roles and start living.

Jordan is talented enough to do something like this. He’s reached a point in his career where he can actively turn down roles ’cause he knows something better is going to hit his desk.

Other actors though? They gonna have to keep dying.

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