Following the announcement of being appointed as the face of Coach Menswear, Michael B. Jordan now graces the front cover of Vanity Fair‘s November issue.

The renowned actor and producer is starring in his next feature film, Creed II, due out November 21, as the featured VF cover story also breaks down Michael B. Jordan’s ambitious goals that are bigger than his own success. Read a few takeaways from the featured interview below, and for its entirety, head on over to Vanity Fair.

On wanting to become a matinee idol on par with Leonardo DiCaprio or Matt Damon…

“I’m first and foremost a black man, for sure, but what I’m trying to do, and what I’m trying to represent and build, is universal. We live in the times where everything is based around race. And for me, it’s like, I get it, I understand. It just makes everything so loaded. When the way to do it is to Trojan-horse it, so then people look up, and say, ‘Oh wow, what happened? I didn’t even realize that.’”

On his move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career…

“I remember when I first came to L.A., and me and my mom, we went to all these agencies trying to get representation and they passed on me—WME passed on me, CAA passed on me, Gersh, all these guys f*cking passed on me,” then adding that it gave him a “healthy chip” on his shoulder.

On meeting Creed & Black Panther director Ryan Coogler..

“You get inspired, the possibilities, the dreams, what opportunities are over there. It gives you this hunger to get across the water, across the bridge, across the tunnel, to the other place.”

On black foundational tales…

“We don’t have any mythology, black mythology, or folklore. Creating our own mythology is very important because it helps dream. You help people dream.”

On his dad teaching him black history…

“My dad was very adamant about educating himself and giving us a sense of identity and to understand where we come from, and it’s not everything that’s taught in the history books, in the schoolbooks.”

On viewing himself and his peers as the generational heirs to Will Smith and Denzel Washington…

“They broke down those barriers for us. Now it’s time for us to take what they did and take it to the next level.”

On wanting to turn his fame into a commercial enterprise that gives him ownership of his own success and break ground for black actors, directors, and producers in Hollywood…

“This is the defining moment in a lot of different areas for me that’s gonna set up my next 5 to 10. That’s why I’m so locked in right now, because if it was ever a time to get distracted or, like, drop the ball, this is not it.”

On becoming a “one-man movie studio” and jumpstarting his production company for movies and TV shows that will define his brand…

“I want to create projects for Brad Pitt, but at the same time I want to be able to create a movie for Will Smith, or Denzel, or Lupita, or Tessa. It’s gonna be eclectic. It’s gonna be animation. It’s gonna be non-scripted. It’s gonna be digital. It’s gonna be film, television. It’s gonna be video games.”

On getting inspiration from celebrity athletes, like LeBron James…

“Whenever I see [James], it’s love, always trying to represent our generation, represent our culture, like, ‘Why not us?’ Things don’t have to be the way they’ve always been done. I just happen to do more than just act.”

On being misunderstood by predominantly white media to understand where he’s coming from…

“There is an unspoken language between people of color, black men or whatever, because they just understand what it is, what it feels like, my intentions when I say certain things, they know exactly what I mean, what I’m trying to say. And sometimes when you deal with journalists and writers who are trying to observe from the outside, and what they think you’re trying to say, it doesn’t always connect. It’s not always the same thing.”

Once again, you can read the entire cover story in the November issue of Vanity Fair, which hits newsstands October 9.

Now, in case you missed it, Michael B. Jordan is an absolute monster in the new trailer for ‘Creed II.’

Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

scribbling by day, architect by night

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