Starring as the villain of the widely acclaimed superhero film, Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan has spoken about his mental health struggles after filming wrapped up.
Jordan, who played Erik Killmonger, has said that he intentionally distanced himself from other people so he could get into character. Speaking to Oprah Winfrey during a Super Soul Conversation interview, Jordan admitted that “he spent a lot of time alone.” He did this so he could tap into what his character, Erik, would have been growing through as a child.
However, following the end of filming, Jordan has confessed that he found it hard to reconnect with people in his life. In the interview, Jordan applauded his therapy sessions, confirming that they did help him a lot during the difficult times. He didn’t mention whether the sessions were continuing or how often he was seeking psychological help.
Jordan spoke about the power of the mind and how it is often our mind that allows us to overcome obstacles in our lives. He also mentioned how the concept of men seeing a therapist can be stigmatised as being weak or vulnerable, however, he criticised this view, saying that all people at some stage just “need to sit down and talk.”
Indeed, Jordan’s comments are a refreshing break from a lot of the negative news stories and rumours breaking out of Hollywood. His words are also particularly powerful in Australia, given the alarming amount of men struggling with mental health problems.
Black Panther’s success
Black Panther’s critical and commercial success has been exceptional. The film has been nominated for a whopping seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It is the first superhero movie to ever be nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture. The Academy Awards ceremony is to take place on February 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California.