Fantastic Four Costars Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara Slam Awkward Radio Interview as "Just Ignorance"
Michael B. Jordan and Kate Mara get candid with Buzzfeed about an awkward interview they endured last week
Nearly a week after enduring an awkward Q&A with Atlanta’s Rock 100.5 Mornings‘ hosts on July 30 – in which they were asked to explain how their characters could be siblings despite being different races – the actors told HuffPost Live how they felt about the questioning.
“Sometimes journalists use that [studio] room as a safety net to ask questions they never would have asked you outside of that arena,” the Creed star said. “As actors, sometimes we feel pressure to always say what you’re supposed to in promoting a film. We don t want to bring any negativity toward the positive message [of the film], but we’re still people, and still human.”
Mara chimed in, saying, “It’s ignorance.”
During the interview last Thursday, radio personality Southside Steve asked the pair, “From what I’ve seen, you’re brother and sister,” referring to their characters, Johnny Storm (Jordan) and his sister, Sue Storm (Mara) in the film. “You’re white and you’re black. How does that happen?”
Jordan answered cooly, “They could be raised as brother and sister. There’s a whole bunch of family dynamics that could be without the obvious adoption.”
The subject of Jordan’s race in relation to his character, who’s normally depicted as Caucasian in the comics, has been much discussed by fans in the run up to the highly anticipated reboot.
“When it comes to making something, especially when you want to do something different, you have to disassociate yourself from those [superfans who want things a certain way] and make it for yourself, and not be influenced by anything other than your own creative decisions,” Fantastic Four star Jamie Bell told HuffPost Live. “Both camps – us actors and the movie makers and fans – are coming from the same place: We just want to make a good movie.”
Jason Bailey, another disk jockey present for the interview, later defended the questioning in an email to Buzzfeed, saying none of it was meant to be offensive.
“You have a white sister and black brother. Wouldn’t you want to know how that happened? I did,” he wrote.