While “Fruitvale Station” may have put Michael B. Jordan on Hollywood’s radar, portraying Oscar Grant III in the 2013 drama based on the true story of the young black man shot to death by a white police officer had some unintended consequences for the actor.
Speaking at the Produced By conference on Saturday, reports Deadline, the “Creed” star revealed he was flooded with offers for similar roles, telling the audience that scripts about “every historical black figure have come across my desk.”
However, he added, “As much as I would love to play all of them, I can’t.”
During the session — titled “Content With a Conscience: Social Impact Entertainment Across All Platforms” — Jordan was joined by Alana Mayo, president of production development with his recently formed Outlier Society production company.
Jordan explained, his goal for the company is to create entertainment that has a lasting impact.
“Starting in front of the camera, from the actor’s perspective, it’s all about the heart,” said the 32-year-old actor. “It’s about wanting to create bodies of work and tell stories that will make people go home and think thoughts that will weigh heavily on their heart.”
He added: “We try to balance that as much as you can, to run a company where it’s not its entire identity but, at the same time it’s as an important silo and something that we care about.”
“We struggle with the happy, mindless entertainment that doesn’t feel like it has some sort of substance to it,” Mayo added. “And sometimes we just want to hit an issue that I think the both of us we will continue to make content about until we feel like we start to see the impact and the change in the real world.”