Michael B. Jordan seems to be on the move a lot these days with a host of new projects in the works. He was able to cool his jets for just a moment to speak with The Huffington Post recently and talked about some of the advise he has given as a mentor and ambassador of the Sprite Films National Short Film Competition, his recent feature on this season’s premiere of The Boondocks and if he wants to transition from actor to director in the future.
Catch a few excerpts below.
On His Advise to as a Mentor and Ambassador of the Sprite Films National Short Film Competition
It depends. I’m talking to all different types of people who want different things from the industry. I had a couple of questions that they asked me — “How can I make the on-set experience better for a director?” or “How do I make things run smoothly in production?” And I can speak from an actor’s perspective. Honestly, I feel like chemistry and giving actors the space, being on set early … Sometimes with locations it’s a lot of hurry and wait. Sometimes it’s spur-of-the-moment and things happen really fast. And as an actor, sometimes you want things to slow down a little bit to give you time to observe the world that you’re playing in. And that was some of the advice that I gave to some of the producers.
The biggest advice that I gave to directors was just collaboration, not having an ego. Being able to be a team player with everybody on your team.
On Possibly Becoming a Filmmaker in the Future
Honestly, yeah I definitely want to direct at some point. What type of film? I’m not sure yet. Honestly, that’s probably why I haven’t made those steps so far. And I feel like once I have a firm opinion on a subject or genre, when I have something that I really want to say, then that’s when I’m gonna step behind the camera to direct. Until then, I don’t really want to do it … I’m working on my big boy voice. I’m getting older. I’m getting experienced. But once I feel like I have it, then I’ll go ahead and do that. It’ll probably be a thriller or something.
On his role as “Pretty Boy Flizzy” on The Boondocks
Pretty Boy Flizzy! That was sooo much fun, man. I saw it last night. I did it such a long time ago. I shot it maybe a year and a half ago. And for it to finally come out, it was so, so funny. I was dying … But it was a fun experience. [Laughs]
You know sometimes when you can’t say the sh*t you really want to say, but through a character like that you could just speak how we would talk to one another, but do it through a cartoon. It was fun. [Laughs]
Click here for Michael’s full interview with The Huffington Post.