Michael B Jordan is a one-man machine. Following up from his star turn as Rocky’s protégé in Creed, the series is back with a knock-out sequel. There are more intense AF boxing scenes that could double up as action sequences and luckily, so many flashes of Michael’s body, we advise you take a fan to the cinema with you.
Here, he joins GLAMOUR’s Joshington Hosts to discuss why after the events of 2018, we need to see this fragile representation of masculinity, sexist questioning and whether he can grate cheese on his abs. Yes, really.
Creed II shows the fragility of masculinity behind the power of the muscles. Why do you think we needed this representation of masculinity, especially in 2018?
It’s super important to show layers and show you can be physical, masculine and at the same time be vulnerable and emotional as well. Adonis is very vulnerable and emotional person. He’s selfish for some of this film but with understanding and by becoming a father alongside the other obstacles that are thrown his way, he’s allowed to grow.
Speaking with your co-star Tessa Thompson, we discussed how everyone will ask her what it’s like to play a ‘well-rounded’ girlfriend role, but no one will ask you, as a man, what it’s like to play a ‘well-rounded’ boyfriend. So, what is it like?
Damn, Tessa is heckling me even when she isn’t here! She’s impressive! It feels good – it feels great!
The Creed franchise deals with failure and success – what has this film taught you personally about failure?
You have got to try, and you have to take risks. I never really feel phased as you are always learning something and learning what you can take away from what you are doing. I feel Adonis has had his fair share of failure in this movie, which makes for a greater come back.
What’s the most extreme excuse you have used to skip the gym?
Oh, man! Maybe some stomach problems or something, I have kind of gone there. My trainer, Corey Calliet, is that kind of guy who will just come into my room and snatch me out of bed and be like, ‘what are you doing? Get out of bed!’ He can call me out!
Your body is so rock hard – can you crack an egg on it or grate cheese with your abs?
Ha! I am not sure. I haven’t thought about it like that but good question!
Rocky serves up cracking pep talk, but what is the ultimate Michael B Jordan pep talk?
If you believe in the things you want to achieve, you can do it. You have got to focus, work hard, dedicate to the cause and you will be successful. Do you feel motivated?
What would a Michael B Jordan Barry’s Boot Camp-inspired workout class be like?
It would be stages. In order to go to the next level, you would have to complete another because you can’t just throw someone into the deep end. You want to give them small successes to build up to the larger success story. We would be lifting weights, some cardio, maybe some swimming – mixing things up and keeping them fresh!
Creed makes the ultimate entrances – what are you tips for making the ultimate entrance?
Everyone needs their own theme music! That’s one way to get things started as everyone will hear you before they see you. So, when you walk in, the table is already set, and they’re in the mood. You have got to believe yourself.
What happened after Chrissy Teigen revealed you have hooked up via your Instagram direct messages? Is ‘you are a knockout’ too cheesy for an intro?
Yes! And My Instagram broke after that!
Your confidence should be bottled and sold in fragrance format! What would you call it and how would you pitch it?
I would call it ‘Ooze’! Ooze yeah! I don’t know what the packaging would be but just Ooze!
Watch out, Glo by JLO! Michael B Jordan is coming for your fragrance and Creed II is in cinemas now.