It's no secret that not a lot of people have been happy with the production of next year's Fantastic Four reboot, especially Michael B. Jordan being cast to play Johnny Storm, better known as the Human Torch. However, in a recent interview with the Source Magazine, the 27-year-old actor was able to answer a few questions pertaining to his role in the upcoming superhero film. If you're still on the fence about the actor being able to pull off the role, this might just convince you.
First he was asked if he felt relieved being able to talk about his role publicly when it was officially announced.
"Oh man! A huge relief. It was like…walking around knowing that for like a year since me and Josh Trank, we talked about this when he first got the job. It’s something that we tried to make happen. We knew we had a lot of obstacles in the way and a lot of mountains to move but, you know, for whatever reason things just fell into place and … [20th Century] Fox believed in the situation and believed in me and yeah, we got it done. So that’s definitely something that me and Josh [Trank] celebrated at the wrap. We were just like we did it."
Jordan also confirms that when he was first rumored for the role, it didn't necessarily mean he was cast yet.
"Not cast, but me and Josh [Trank] … I was his choice. He wanted me to play the role and I wanted to play the role. So it was something that he told me around his birthday about a year and some change ago, right after “Chronicle.” And it was just like cool…let’s try to make this happen."
When asked about his experience playing Johnny Storm, the actor replied with this.
"Yeah man it's been a lot of fun. Johnny Storm is such an iconic character. There’s a lot of personality traits and things to him that people are really going to look forward to seeing. Got a lot of original Johnny stuff in there and then you have – not a NEW take but a fresh take. We have a different take on different things as well. I could go on and on about it but I think it’s something that people will enjoy."
Jordan also reveals that Chris Evans, who previously portrayed Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) gave him advice, but not in the way that you would expect it.
"Nah. It is a reboot you know, it’s its own thing. It’s its own origins story. I did get a chance to talk to Chris [Evans] about it, I met him at this event and he was basically like, “Man I can’t give you anything.” He said, “You’re great, you’re awesome. Just do your thing. And enjoy it. It’s gonna be fun.” That was just a really cool piece of information, words of encouragement from the guy who killed the role. He really did a really great job and hats off to him with how talented he is cause he’s doing an amazing job with “Captain America.” I really enjoy those films as well so that’s kind of pretty much where that was."
Fantastic Four is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 19, 2015.