The Parenthood alum who received praise for his work in the 2013 award-winning drama Fruitvale Station plays Johnny Storm in the action sci-fi feature film Fantastic Four. The character is caucasian and blue-eyed in the original Marvel comic books.
“I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: ‘A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president’ and ‘It’s not true to the comic.’ Or even, ‘They’ve destroyed it!'” Jordan, 28, wrote. “Some people may look at my casting as political correctness or an attempt to meet a racial quota, or as part of the year of ‘Black Film.'”
He continued: “To the trolls on the Internet, I want to say: Get your head out of the computer. Go outside and walk around. Look at the people walking next to you. Look at your friends’ friends and who they’re interacting with. And just understand this is the world we live in. It’s okay to like it.” Fantastic Four also stars Miles Teller, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell. It hits theaters Aug. 7, 2015.