Michael B. Jordan is speaking out for the first time about the controversy surrounding his casting as the Human Torch in Fox's "Fantastic Four" reboot, revealing that he doesn't let the negativity bother him.
Jordan -- who a vocal (and ignorant) minority of fans questioned as the right choice to play Johnny Storm because of his race -- said during a recent appearance in Rome that the outcry "was expected," but that he's trying to focus on his excitement to play the part.
"You kinda know going into it that people are used to seeing something one way, it's a continuity thing more than anything," Jordan said. "People don't like change too much. But [am I] annoyed? Eh, you just kinda accept it, it is what it is. You can't make everybody happy. You just gotta accept that and know, 'I'm an actor, I have to do my job.' I'm going to do my job the best I can and the way I've been doing it my entire life, my entire career. I grew up a comic book guy, I read comic books as a kid growing up, and the Fantastic Four/Human Torch is one of my favorite characters so I'm going to give it my everything. I can't wait. I don't really let it bother me at all. I just want to go into it and do the best job I can. We'll see what happens."
Jordan added that, to him, playing a super hero was "dreams coming true," and said shooting the film was "going to be a good time."
"It's going to be fun to kind of show a side of me that I don't really get to show on screen, to be a little bit lighter, funnier, just more personality," Jordan said.
"Fantastic Four" hits theaters on June 19, 2015.
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