Michael B. Jordan makes his directorial debut with Creed III — find out what he had to say about it during the global press conference.
Michael B. Jordan on Directing Creed III
Watching Creed III, you would never know that it was the directors first time behind the camera. Michael B. Jordan makes his directorial debut with this film. Not only was he in the director’s chair, but he is one of the stars of the film as well. That can’t be easy. When asked what it was like, who he spoke with before shooting, and how he made important decisions, he had a lot to say.
Michael has worked with Ryan Coogler a lot in the past, and he admits he had a lot to do with this because he told him that he could direct, and helped give him that confidence he needed. “I think there was a moment where I was in awe of what he was doing. Seeing a Black man, my age, somebody I knew well, or getting to know at that time, command a set. And what was possible.”
Michael admits that Ryan telling him he could do it too was what first planted the seed in his head that he could direct one day. He didn’t know when it would be, or what film it would be, but he felt like he could do it. “We did Creed, and Creed II came along. Steven jumped into the director’s chair and had that experience. And as we grew, the third one just seemed like it was the perfect time for me to step behind the camera.”
He goes on to say that he talked to people that he respected the opinions of, Ryan being one of them. “Preparing to shoot this movie, Ryan had a lot of thoughts. He was a great sounding board for me. So was Jon Favreau and Bradley Cooper and Denzel Washington. Those are some people that I tapped into to get their opinions. I really talked to actor-directors.”
He says that he knew it was going to be a challenge for him, being behind the camera and in front of the camera simultaneously. So he spoke with those people who have had success at doing it. “That really helped inform me on what to expect, even though there was nothing that anybody could really tell me to prepare me for what the journey was gonna be like. It was one of those things you got to live it and get through it.”
He laughs when he says it was the hardest thing he has ever had to do in his life so far, but at the same time, he felt the most alive doing it, and it was rewarding. Safe to say there will be more Michael B. Jordan directed films in the future.
As for the entire process, and choosing what to keep in the film and what to cut, Michael explains that he thinks “you write one movie, you shoot one movie, and you edit one movie.” He says that the movie tells you what it needs. “There’s scenes that are on the edit room floor that had to be ripped from my fingers.”
He goes on to explain that “At the end of the day, when you’re worried about runtime and pace, and you’re listening to test screenings, and cards, and how people feel about certain things, it starts to take a life of its own. And you have to give it what it needs in order to be the best version of itself.”
Michael B. Jordan admits that he would hit Ryan Coogler up in the middle night looking for an unbiased eye that was not too close to the film, and that doing this was extremely helpful. As for the stunning visuals of Creed III, Michael says “it’s a reflection of things that I love, and I like to see. I was curious that if other people, if they saw them, would they feel the same way?”
See Michael B. Jordan’s final product when Creed III hits theaters on March 3rd.
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