Actor Michael B. Jordan received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ‘Creed III’ director and star was honoured with loving speeches from frequent and recent collaborators Ryan Coogler and Jonathan Majors, who showered Jordan with praise as they reflected on his journey throughout the years.
“My emotions are actually all over the place, I’m seeing so many people that I want to kind of get to and hug and connect with and show my appreciation,” Jordan said, beaming.
“I want to give the love right back, you know? But then I’m also just taking a moment to just to be like, ‘Damn. OK, wow, that happened. Im here!'”
“I didn’t think it would hit me this much, but as it all started to come together and we start to see it and reality starts to set in, the importance (and) the weight of the moment… you really realise it,” he added, saying that he couldn’t imagine anything that would top the moment. Although he noted that only his upcoming box office opening “comes somewhere in the ballpark.”
Looking back on his career, Jordan shared that if he could talk to his younger self who was just starting out, he’d advise him to “stay optimistic, stay faithful, stay true to yourself (and) always keep a full, kind heart. The universe will make your wildest dreams come true.”
During Wednesday’s ceremony, Coogler recalled his first meeting with Jordan for 2013’s Fruitvale Station, Coogler shared that Jordan had been his first pick for the leading role of Oscar Grant, without having met him in person yet.
“I had just seen him work in film and television around that time but I didn’t know what type of person he was. I wanted to make sure we had good chemistry (and) we would be able to work together, to relate over the few months of shooting,” Coogler told the audience.