Michael B Jordan explained to The Hollywood Reporter during the Drama Actor Round table the reasons he first turned down the role of Guy Montag, for Ray Bradbury’s novel “Fahrenheit 451:

“Being a black man, I didn’t want to play somebody who’s an oppressor, I just didn’t want that in my head. After sitting down with the director Ramin [Bahrani] and knowing Michael Shannon was going to be a part of it — he’s an incredible actor — and understanding the vision and themes and messages he wanted to send through the movie, I was like, ‘Okay,'” he says, adding that the role enticed him because he got to “survive through the third act.”

“I didn’t want the audiences to keep seeing me die in roles. And my mom, every time I watched her watch me die onscreen, it tore me up. I just wanted to play a role so she could see me win.”


         
Updated: May 31, 2018 — 10:01 pm

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