In a recent interview during press for Creed II, Michael B. Jordan opened up about his role of Killmonger on Black Panther and the impact it had on him.
On the Bill Simmons Podcast, Jordan said it took him about a month of therapy for him to leave the character behind. “It was one of those things that I didn’t know what was going on. I never was in a character for that long of a period of time and was, I guess, that dark, that lonely, that painful,” he said. “So coming out of it, I thought, ‘Oh yeah, business as usual. I can just go back home, I’ll cut my hair off, and everything will be back to normal.'”
He also talked about how it impacted how he interacted with others and himself: “I found myself kind of in the routine of being isolated and went out of my way to make sure I was by myself and didn’t say too much more than the usual. Once I got finished wrapping the movie, it took me some time to talk through how I was feeling and why I was feeling so sad and like a little bit depressed.”
This isn’t the first time Jordan has spoken out about his dark experience of channeling the character.
Back in May, he revealed he kept a diary to help him drop into the mindset of Killmonger.