Killmonger borrows heavily from the hero of Glory, released in 1989.
Update April 22, 2021: Black Panther will return to TMC tonight. The opportunity to bring out an interesting interview with Michael B. Jordan, who plays the opponent of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in the film. Flashback.
Article from June 10, 2019: A few days ago, the American Film Institute honored Denzel Washington’s career with the Life Achievement award. During the ceremony, several friends and working partners came to praise the talent of the actor: Spike Lee , with whom the actor has toured four times, Jamie Foxx and also Michael B. Jordan.
The latter, during his speech, confided, as reported by IndieWire , that a role of Denzel Washington had strongly marked and influenced him in his way of building the antagonist of Black Panther in the eponymous film, Killmonger. It is Glory , released in 1989, a war film in which Washington plays a scarred ex-slave turned soldier.
“ I heard a story about Glory…”, narrates Michael B. Jordan. ” In the scene around the campfire, you didn’t have to be shirtless but you still had your scars on your back. So that you could feel them, know that they represented what your character must have been going through. Say it tonight, brother, [that part] that’s the only reason I played Killmonger. I had these scars too, even though we couldn’t see them, so I wanted to thank you for that. “
A most unexpected statement, paying tribute to an African-American actor who influenced a whole generation of black actors. It would have been funny that Michael B. Jordan had also taken the role of Denzel Washington in Training Day , a violent and bloody ripou cop, a role for which Washington received an Oscar in 2001.
The Black Panther Story : After the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, T’Challa ascends to the throne of this isolated and technologically highly advanced African nation. But when an old enemy resurfaces, his courage is strained, both as a ruler and as a Black Panther. He soon finds himself drawn into a conflict that threatens not only the fate of Wakanda, but that of the entire world. Confronted with treachery and danger, T’Challa will have to rally his allies and unleash the full power of Black Panther in order to defeat his enemies and preserve the safety and way of life of his people …