Thanks to his role as Erik Killmonger in the hit MCU film, Black Panther, the whole world is cheering for the awesome might that is Michael B. Jordan. While he is making waves and impressing audiences, he seemingly came out of nowhere... unless you haven't watched any television for the past 15 years. The kid was in everything from The Cosby Show to Toys "R" Us commercials, but he's only just getting started, and now you might be wondering, what other things don't I know about Michael B. Jordan?
Using his middle initial to set him apart from his world-famous basketball namesake, B. Jordan has been around for some time, but has only recently broken out to become the huge actor he is today. Much of his success began thanks to playing the lead role in the movie Creed, but did you know that Michael B. Jordan loves anime? And Martinelli's apple juice? You wouldn't think either of those things to look at him, but it's true. He also wrote an essay about a controversial casting decision in which he was involved.
So get ready to kill it at the pub with some serious Michael B. Jordan trivia, because these are some of the most interesting facts about this star you may not have known!
His Parents Live With Him
It's true, Michael B. Jordan lives with his parents. When this fact came to light, he was mocked on Twitter for being "an adult man that loves anime and lives with his parents," but he was quick to correct things by stating his parents live with him.
It's not that unusual these days; according to a Pew Research Center study, around 15% of Americans 25-35 live in their parents's home. At 31, Jordan fits right in that age range, but he admits sometimes the living situation can lead to some awkward encounters. He told Ellen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show:
"I love my parents, but we have a roommate relationship right now, which is interesting. You get home-cooked meals, but then you also have random trips to the kitchen in the middle of the night. Just the random run-ins that just might be a little uncomfortable from time to time."
He Loves Anime
here are MY real ones �� pic.twitter.com/ozjUk5a21U— Crunchyroll @ Anime Awards ✨ (@Crunchyroll) February 23, 2018
Michael B. Jordan's love of anime is well known across the internet. For anyone who has been following his Twitter feed for the past eight or more years, this is obvious. He regularly posts comments about the shows he is watching whether it's about Bleach, Naruto, or Dragon Ball Z.
There's even some ongoing internet buzz circling around the idea of putting Jordan in an anime remake of Space Jam. While this appears to be entirely a fan-made home/prediction, crazier things have happened.
He Wanted To Play T'Challa Instead Of KillmongerPhoto: Black Panther/Marvel Studios
Everyone wants to be the major lead in a movie, but in the case of Michael B. Jordan, it's probably better for us all that he didn't land the role of T'Challa in 2018's Black Panther. Instead, he was cast to play N'Jadaka, AKA Erik Killmonger, a character many fans and critics have called the best villain yet to be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Much of the success the film has received has definitely come as a result of Jordan's performance. While he probably would have made a killer T'Challa, he's carved out the Killmonger role for himself and the MCU.
He Trained For A Full Year For 'Creed'Photo: Creed/MGM
He may make it look easy, but Michael B. Jordan put a lot of time and effort into becoming a chiseled human statue. Much of that came from preparations for the role of Adonis Johnson in 2015's Creed.
To prepare for the role, Jordan got some tips from the Italian Stallion himself, Sylvester Stallone. The man who gave the world Rocky helped him prepare for the role and pushed him to get into pristine shape. He described his regimen in an interview to ABC News:
"I stripped down my diet completely. Grilled chicken, brown rice, broccoli and a lot of water. I worked out two to two three times a day, six days a week. And ... if you do that consistently for about 10 months, your body will change."
Jordan's physical change was so incredible, he landed a cover of Men's Fitness magazine.