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Michael B. Jordan turned down live-action opportunities for anime

Michael B. Jordan, the actor we know and love as Killmonger, publicly admitted to being an Otaku a while ago. To build on this interest of his, he recently worked on a Fashion Capsule by collaborating with Coach, with iconography themed around Naruto. With this project done and dusted, fans are now wondering what else Michael is gonna cook up next. Whatever that may be, it definitely won’t be a live-action movie based on an anime.

In a recent interview with Highsnobiety, he talked about his dislike for live-action versions of anime. Jordan admitted to being approached to produce live-action versions of an anime that he loves, however, he declined them all. 

“Animation is so vivid. It’s so fantastical. It’s hard to translate that to and get that same kind of feeling” Jordan said. He talked about the biggest challenge to adapt an anime into a live-action being the anime’s signature aesthetic and the limitations of real life. He feels that in order to develop strong bonds with the characters, we have to see the melodramatic expressions and the sense of escapism that real life just does not provide yet. 

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However, Jordan does admit that there’s a way to capture the essence of the anime, by giving an example of Robert Rodriguez’s latest attempt with Alita: Battle Angel, based on Yukito Kishiro’s Battle Angel Alita. “I think that if it’s done the right way — and you stay authentic to the manga and the anime — I feel like you have a shot, but it’s still a really, really hard thing to do.” He says. 

Sharing Dragon Ball’s fanbase’s dislike for the live-action movie Dragon Ball: Evolution, released in 2009, he talks about how one can even begin to create a live-action version of Dragon Ball Z. “Are you going to CG it like Ninja Turtles, or are you going to do full makeup like Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth?” he wonders. “Technology continues to grow and change, so who knows what we’ll be able to do in five years. You might have the right piece of technology to make everything seamless. I’m just going to keep it in my back pocket and wait for the right thing.”

Concluding the interview, Jordan shared his view on the recent Area 51 incident.

“Listen, man, I was thinking about going and standing way in the back just to see what happens. Like, ‘Lemme know if y’all find anything, but I’m gonna be back here.’ I thought the Area 51 shit was hilarious,” he jokes. “My ‘Naruto Run’ is good, man. My arms are a little long; they kind of catch flight and start picking up speed.”

About Naruto

In close-cut combat with the demon Kyuubi, the Nine-Tailed Fox, Konohagaukre’s Fourth Hokage and his wife lose their life. To secure the safety of their beloved village, they seal the demon inside their son, Naruto Uzumaki, moments after his birth. Now Naruto must struggle to grow up in this hate-filled world which seems to despise him for no reason.

However, his never-ending desire to become the village’s next leader takes him down a long and arduous path filled with action, Ninjutsu, love and betrayal.

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Shubham Beri

Shubham Beri

Meet the boy next door – The sweetest person who's always caring & understanding. Every girl's dream ‘friend-zoned BFF!’ hence stuck with the world of fiction and comics, especially addicted to anime, hoping to find that one true love!
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