I first fell in love with Michael B. Jordan when he showed up on the fourth season of my favorite show Friday Night Lights. As Vince Howard, he was a cocky thug who under the guidance of Coach Eric Taylor became the warmhearted, passionate quarterback for the East Dillon Lions.
Then on Parenthood he played Alex, a recovering alcoholic who begins to date Haddie and is an essential piece of her transition into adulthood. I knew Jordan was talented from FNL but his emotional performance on Parenthood stole the show.
Then I watched the surprise hit Chronicle. The movie follows three teenage boys who develop telekinetic abilities after encountering a large crystalline object buried in a cave. Jordan plays popular student Steve who tries to act as the moral compass for the trio.
Next up, he is in the highly anticipated Fruitvale Station. The film is based on the true story of Oscar Grant (Jordan), a young man who was fatally shot by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle at the Oakland, California Fruitvale Bay station. Jordan’s performance has been praised by critics as gentle and tough as “he effortlessly draws the viewer in toward him.” The film hit theaters this past weekend, check out the trailer below.