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Things We Saw Today: Michael B. Jordan Wrote a Diary From the POV of Killmonger & It Sounds Incredibly Dark

Michael B. Jordan was on the Late Show last night, and after talking to Stephen Colbert about the Met Gala, the two started discussing the wonder that is Black Panther, and everything Jordan had to do to get into the mind of such of a complex villain.

As it turns out, Jordan kept a diary from the point of view of his character. This is a somewhat common technique for actors, and Jordan does it for every role he plays, writing a diary that spans from the character’s “earliest memory to the first page of the script.”

For Erik Killmonger, he says, “His [journey] was particularly dark. It was a very sad journal: not having his mom growing up, he was in and out of the system, foster care, foster homes. It’s a lot of dark stuff that’s probably not right for television. It was deep, man. But it allowed me to go to place before a scene.”

That sounds incredibly heavy. But clearly, it paid off. (Also, MBJ, please publish that diary.)

What did you all see out there today?

(image: Marvel Entertainment)

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