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Michael B. Jordan needed therapy after playing the villain in 'Black panther'

Ra'eesah Manack
Feb 08, 2019
03:15 A.M.
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Michael B. Jordan revealed that he needed to get therapy after playing the villain in "Black Panther" as it affected his mental health.

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Actor, Michael B. Jordan opened up about the effect of playing the villain in "Black Panther" had on him. He specifically discussed the toll it took on his mental health.

Jordan, 31, revealed he eventually sought professional help after filming wrapped. He added that he needed to work through the negativity he gathered to help him in his role.

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"I went to therapy, I started talking to people, starting unpacking a little bit,” he said.

Jordan went into detail about his process of getting into character during an interview with Oprah Winfrey. She spoke to the star for the taping of her "SuperSoul Conversations" TV special.

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“I was by myself, isolating myself," Jordan said when Winfrey asked where he went to "get all that nastiness" to play the Marvel supervillain. "I spent a lot of time alone. I figured Erik [Killmonger], his childhood growing up was pretty lonely. He didn't have a lot of people he could talk to about this place called Wakanda that didn't exist."

Jordan said he went to great lengths for his character because he wanted to do justice to the essence of Killmonger in the movie. He felt to truly be able to embrace the character he needed to feel as lonely as Killmonger would have felt growing up.

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"Of course it's an extreme, exaggerated version of the African diaspora from the African-American perspective, so to be able to take that kind of pain and rage and all those emotions that Erik kind of represents from being black and brown here in America … that was something I didn't take lightly,” Jordan said.

Jordan went on to explain that he didn't have a process for being Killmonger. He allowed the moment to define and shape his reactions.

"I didn't have an escape plan, either," he also confessed.

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"When it was all over, I think just being in that kind of mind state … it caught up with me," Jordan said. "It was a little tough for me at first. Readjusting to people caring about me, getting that love that I shut out. I shut out love, I didn't want love. I wanted to be in this lonely place as long as I could."

When filming finished, Jordan admitted he found it difficult to go back to reality and be himself. He said that seeing a therapist "helped me out a lot."

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“Your mind is so powerful. Your mind will get your body past a threshold that it would have given up on way before,” Jordan said. “Honestly, therapy, just talking to somebody just helped me out a lot. As a man you get a lot of slack for it. … I don’t really subscribe to that. Everyone needs to unpack and talk.”

His sacrifices, and those made by his co-stars, definitely paid off. The film snagged many awards including the top prize at SAG Awards.

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