73 Questions With Michael B. Jordan | Vogue


- [Interviewer] Well, this is a gorgeous way to start a video.
Michael B. Jordan!
- [Michael] Hey, what’s up, man?
- [Interviewer] Popping into your workout
for a 73-question interview.
- Let’s do this.
- [Interviewer] Let’s do this.
Ok, so what are you up to these days?
- Um, working. Working out.
- [Interviewer] What’s your daily workout regimen?
- Cardio, uh, do some chest, back, tri’s, the whole body.
- [Interviewer] All right, can you show me
the perfect punch?
- Alright, let’s do this.
Right here, turn it over, bring it back, guard the face.
- [Interviewer] All right, can you show me
the perfect sit up?
- Trying to make me work?
- [Interviewer] Making you work.
- Eesh.
- [Interviewer] There you go.
- Ahh.
- [Interviewer] Including this one right here,
approximately how many times has someone made
a reference to the basketball player, Michael Jordan?
- Is that what you’re doing right now?
- [Interviewer] I’m doing that right now.
- Too many to count.
- [Interviewer] So just to clarify,
you’re not related to Michael Jordan?
- No, I’m named after my dad, Michael A. Jordan.
- [Interviewer] Ah, so what does the B stand for?
- Bakari.
It’s Swahili, means noble promise.
- [Interviewer] Is there a Michael C. Jordan in the future?
- No, that’s not happening.
- [Interviewer] Ok. So what do you have planned for today?
- Goin’ downtown, check out some friends of mine.
- [Interviewer] Ok. Saw the sweet wheels outside.
What’s, what’s the deal with that?
- Acura NSX was my childhood favorite car.
It’s crazy.
- [Interviewer] What’s the fastest speed
that you’ve ever driven?
- 157 miles per hour.
- [Interviewer] Whoa.
- Hey Google, turn the lights off.
- [Google] Sure, turning the garage lights off.
- [Interviewer] Who’s your best friend?
- Oh, Sterling Brown, Chad Easterling,
Vince, Bryce.
There’s so many to name.
There’s a lot of them.
- [Interviewer] Who’s your celebrity crush?
- Don’t have one.
- [Interviewer] Who’s your hero?
- My dad.
- [Interviewer] Who’s your all-time favorite
comic book character?
- Uh, Black Bolt, Inhumans.
- [Interviewer] How would you describe yourself?
- I think I’m pretty passionate.
- [Interviewer] What’s the one thing
you really want to achieve?
- World domination.
I really want to leave my mark in this world.
- [Interviewer] It’s Mrs. Jordan!
- Hey, what’s up?
- [Mom] Hey, how are you?
- Doing good, how are you doing?
- [Mom] Good, good, good.
Good to see you.
- [Interviewer] What do we have over here?
- It’s my grandmother’s famous rum cakes.
They’re amazing.
You’re taking one home too.
- [Interviewer] Ok, what’s the most outrageous thing
you’ve ever worn, Michael?
- What’s the most outrageous thing I’ve ever worn?
- [Mom] Oh, I know right away.
It’s that orange plaid suit that you wore for some award.
- Yeah, I was trying to take a fashion risk.
- [Interviewer] Could you describe your mother
in three words?
- Uh, mom, loving, embarrassing – sometimes -
and ah, nurturing, very nurturing.
These for Dad?
- [Mom] Please, take that to him.
- [Interviewer] Alright, what’s your favorite TV show
of all time?
- Ooh, “Martin.”
Can’t stop watching it.
- [Interviewer] Would you do nudity in a scene
or use a body double?
- My mom’s right there!
Nudity of course!
All nudity, no body double.
- [Interviewer] Ok.
Can you, uh, tell me something
about your father before, uh, we meet him?
- Don’t look him right in the eyes.
- [Interviewer] Noted.
- What’s up, pop?
- [Dad] Hey, what’s up son?
- Good, good, good.
- [Interviewer] Mr. Jordan, if you can ask your son
a question, what would you ask?
- [Dad] Describing me in three words, what would they be?
- Three words, what would it be?
Strong, quiet, thinker.
- [Interviewer] And Michael, I heard
you have a secret handshake?
- It’s universal, it’s not so secret.
- [Interviewer] Alright.
What’s the best trait you got from your parents?
- Oh, man, uh, I think compassion?
- [Interviewer] Alright, what’s your favorite film?
- “Rounders.”
- [Interviewer] What’s your favorite film
when you were growing up?
- “Goonies,” uh, “Trading Places,”
“Coming to America,” “Friday.”
- [Interviewer] How old were you
when you first started acting?
- About 12.
- [Interviewer] If not acting,
what would you be doing with your life?
- I think cooking, I love food.
- [Interviewer] Alright, do you have a hidden talent?
- Ironing.
I like to iron.
I think that counts.
- [Interviewer] Ok, so on this giant map over here…
- Yeah.
- [Interviewer] Can you show for me
the coolest place you’ve ever been?
- Coolest place…
Cape Town, South Africa.
- [Interviewer] Ok.
And what’s a location that you’d love to go to?
- Oh man, I’m obsessed. Tokyo, Japan.
- [Interviewer] Nice.
- Anime, it’s the best.
- [Interviewer] So when looking back at your life,
when was the most nervous you’ve ever been?
- Presenting.
I think presenting awards sometimes,
the teleprompter, it gets weird.
- [Interviewer] Who’s your dream costar?
- Aw, man, Leonardo DiCaprio.
- [Interviewer] Who’s easier to impersonate,
Sly Stallone as Rocky or Kyle Chandler as Coach Taylor?
- Sly, Rocky.
- [Interviewer] How many punches did you take
while filming “Creed?”
- Probably more than I should, but a lot, a lot.
- [Interviewer] What was it like training for “Creed?”
- Intense, hardest thing I ever had to do.
Physically, anyway.
- [Interviewer] And what was your first impression
of Mr. Stallone anyway?
- The guy knows a little bit about everything.
I mean, he could tell you, like, who made
the camera, where’s this wood imported from, the desk.
The things you don’t think he knows, he knows.
He’s just a little savant like that.
- [Interviewer] Alright.
So what do we, uh, have in this room over here?
- Oh, this is where all the creativity happens.
A lot of work, a lot of writing, a lot of thinking.
- [Interviewer] Ok. Favorite video game of all time?
- Call of Duty, hands down.
- [Interviewer] How does it feel
playing yourself in NBA 2K17?
- Surreal.
I love that game.
I played it so much growing up as a kid.
Now I’m in it.
It’s insane.
- [Interviewer] Who’s MVP this year?
- Oh, the controversy, that’s a loaded question.
Kyrie Irving, the situation is just set up for him
in Boston that way I think.
But he’s a killer, you already know.
- [Interviewer] Ok, so who’s your favorite actress?
- Meryl Streep.
- [Interviewer] And what’s your favorite
performance of hers, ever?
- “Death Becomes Her,” it’s a classic.
- [Interviewer] What’s your number one dating rule?
- Always pick up the tab, at first anyway.
And then, uh, she never touches the doorknob.
- [Interviewer] What gets you really pumped?
- Music.
- [Interviewer] What ticks you off?
- Being hung up on.
- [Interviewer] What are you most nostalgic for
from the ’90s?
- ’90s, ’90s, ’90s…
Homemade mix tapes.
- [Interviewer] Favorite line
from anything you’ve worked on?
- Favorite line…
“Where’s Wallace?”
- [Interviewer] If you could hire anyone
to make a doc about your life, who would it be?
- Ryan Coogler.
- [Interviewer] What would the title be?
- The Gift That Keeps on Giving.
- [Interviewer] Favorite beverage?
- Apple juice.
You want one?
- [Interviewer] Yeah.
Favorite food?
- Oh man that’s tough.
Uh, here you go.
- [Interviewer] Thanks.
- Mexican, Italian.
- [Interviewer] Ok, who is someone
you really want to meet but haven’t had the chance?
- Malcolm Gladwell.
- [Interviewer] Who’s the most stylish person,
living or not living?
- Prince. Pharrell.
- [Interviewer] What’s a song guaranteed to,
uh, get you dancing?
- Alicia Myers’ “I Want to Thank You.”
- [Interviewer] Can you show me that dance move?
There it is.
- Ey.
- [Interviewer] There it is.
- It’s a two-step.
- [Interviewer] Alright, who’s your favorite singer?
- Marvin Gaye.
- [Interviewer] Favorite novelist?
- James Baldwin.
- [Interviewer] Favorite artist?
- Hebru Brantley, Basquiat.
- [Interviewer] What’s the craziest rumor
you’ve ever heard about yourself?
- That I don’t date black women.
- [Interviewer] If you could have a superpower,
what would it be?
- Control time, because then technically you could teleport.
- [Interviewer] Who do you want to play in a movie?
- Action hero slash quantum physicist.
- [Interviewer] Who would you want to play you in a movie?
- Me.
- [Interviewer] Ok, and let’s say a book was written
about you, who would you want to write your biography?
- Me.
- [Interviewer] I know you got to get out of here,
but what can fans expect from “Black Panther?”
- Oh, man, I think it’s gonna be incredibly original,
exciting, action-packed.
I really think it’s a movie
you haven’t seen from Marvel just yet.
- [Interviewer] Can you give a reaction to the following?
- Shoot.
- [Interviewer] Ok.
The Wire?
- Baltimore, crab cakes.
- [Interviewer] Philadelphia?
- Cheesesteaks.
- [Interviewer] Fidget spinners?
- Video games.
- [Interviewer] Your sister?
- Mom number two.
- [Interviewer] Your brother?
- Extremely loyal.
- [Interviewer] New Jersey?
- Newark.
- [Interviewer] Your fellow 73-question alum Zac Efron?
- Heartthrob, I guess.
- [Interviewer] He’ll be flattered to hear that.
- Hey Google, what’s traffic like to Hope and 8th Street?
- [Google] There’s light traffic on the way to Hope
and 8th Street, so it should take twenty minutes.
What’s the most important thing
that’s missing in the world right now?
- I think the world is missing a carbon tax.
- [Interviewer] Michael, it’s your parents.
- [Mom] Michael.
- [Interviewer] Look who’s back.
- [Mom] You’re leaving?
Here, don’t forget your lunch.
- Thank you so much.
Alright, man, see you later, bud.
- [Dad] Take care.
- The perks of parents.
- [Interviewer] What’s a cause or topic
that you want to share right now?
- Police brutality in America.
- [Interviewer] What charitable organizations
are close to your heart?
- Lupus L.A.
- [Interviewer] What’s something you learned recently
that blew your mind?
- You can’t lick your elbow, it’s impossible.
- [Interviewer] That’s not true. That’s not true.
- Just go ahead and try it, man.
- [Interviewer] No I’m not gonna try right now,
because the last question’s right here.
Can I have the honor of saying
that I have a secret handshake with you?
- Yeah.
Alright, cool.
You’re coming up?
- [Interviewer] Yep, yep, sure.
Cool, thanks.
- Work on that.
- [Interviewer] That concludes our interview.
- Cool, alright, dude.
- [Interviewer] Really appreciate your time, Michael.
- Thanks for coming through.
- [Interviewer] Alright, take care.
- Alright.
- [Interviewer] Thanks.