This week’s Man Crush Monday actually landed on our screens as just a boy. Remember Michael B. Jordan as soft-hearted teenage drug dealer Wallace in possibly the greatest series of all time, The Wire, back in 2002? Well Jordan has GROWN UP and what used to be our pouty-lipped ‘awwwww!’ has turned into a full-on lovefest for this man of the hour. His movie credits include the unforgettable Fruitvale Station (2013), That Awkward Moment (2014) and this year’s Fantastic Four. Every mainstream black publication from The Root to Ebony magazine has seen him onto their power lists. And didn’t we just love his Vogue photoshoot of romantic autumnal fashion with model Liya Kebede this year? What a natural! His photogenic face and cheeky grin easily explain his listing in People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Men Alive’ issue in 2013. GQ also ranked him among the 25 ‘Most Stylish Men’ that same year. Nowadays, with his chiselled body gracing billboards all over town for the upcoming movie Creed, we predict a fair few more beauty and talent gongs to come…
Least likely to…flunk out of the industry. The actor’s star is on the rise and even with his insanely busy schedule filming, he still finds time to participate in film societies, and work on his skills as a producer. “I want to do everything,” he says. “If you’re in the industry you can’t just take from it; you have to deposit something back to keep it going for the next generation.”
Impress him with…a collection of Meryl Streep movies on Netflix. Streep is Jordan’s favourite actress of all time! Jordan is from California but he was raised in New Jersey, the same state from which Streep hails. Jordan was homeschooled but played basketball and did a little bit of modelling before finding his feet in acting.
Mention…a few words in Swahili. The B. in Michael’s name stands for Bakari and means ‘noble promise’. Nothing sexier than a man who IS his word.
And another thing…Michael B. Jordan stars as the son of fictional boxer Apollo Creed, Adonis Johnson, in his upcoming flick Creed (UK release Jan 2016) and he trained like a real fighter for the role. “My diet was the biggest change. I ate five times a day, drank a gallon and a half of water a day. I trained two to three times a day, sometimes five days or six days a week. It was intense, even weightlifting and boxing,” he told Vibe magazine. “All the fighters in the film are professional boxers. I trained with their trainers, had hours of rehearsal, choreography and practice, just trying to become a fighter as best as I could.” We can’t wait to see this Adonis in action!
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