Michael B Jordan underwent therapy after essaying a difficult character in 'Black Panther'

The film is nominated in the Best Picture category at the upcoming Academy Awards.

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Michael B Jordan in a still from the film 'Black Panther'.
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LOS ANGELES: Actor Michael B Jordan has revealed that he had to undergo therapy after playing villainous Erik Killmonger in Marvel tentpole "Black Panther".

In the superhero saga, directed by Jordan's frequent collaborator Ryan Coogler, Killmonger is shown as a relatable person, a man who wants the throne of a technologically-advanced country to support the black community all over the world.

The actor was recently in conversation with Oprah Winfrey for her "SuperSoul Conversations" TV special where he opened about his acting process for the film, which has been nominated in the Best Picture category of the upcoming Academy Awards 2019.


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Jordan said to do the justice to the character, who he believes was a lonely person, he purposely distanced himself from others.

"I spent a lot of time alone. I figured Erik, his childhood growing up was pretty lonely. He didn't have a lot of people he could talk to about this place called Wakanda that didn't exist," he said.
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He admitted that the film was "an extreme, exaggerated version of the African diaspora from the African-American perspective."

"So to be able to take that kind of pain and rage and all those emotions that Erik kind of represents from being black and brown here in America … that was something I didn't take lightly," Jordan added.



After wrapping up the film, Jordan said he found it difficult to reconnect with people.
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"Readjusting to people caring about me, getting that love that I shut out. I shut out love, I didn't want love. I wanted to be in this lonely place as long as I could," he said.

He sought therapy to help him overcome this phase and he said the sessions "helped me out a lot".
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"Your mind is so powerful. Your mind will get your body past a threshold that it would have given up on way before. Honestly, therapy, just talking to somebody just helped me out a lot. As a man, you get a lot of slack for it... I don't really subscribe to that. Everyone needs to unpack and talk," he added.


Time's Up At Golden Globes: Jolie, Nicole Kidman Don Black In Solidarity
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The highly anticipated wear-black protest at the Golden Globes was a success as A-listers like Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Biel attended the red carpet in their best black outfits.

Here's what the celebrities wore to the event...

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Oprah Winfrey (left), Dakota Johnson (centre) and Elisabeth Moss also joined the black brigade.

While the 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' star opted for a simple, net outfit for the event, the Golden Globes winners Winfrey and Moss wore body-hugging dresses.
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The stars from 'Game Of Thrones' attended the event in their most-fashionable outfits.

Lena Headey (left) wore a black gown with sheer panels near the bust. Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington (centre) coordinated the bow with their outfits. Gwendoline Christie wore a black dress with ruffles and sheer panels all over.
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(L-R) Reese Witherspoon with Eva Longoria and Salma Hayek with Ashley Judd showed off their outfits at the red carpet.
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(L-R) Margot Robbie, Millie Bobby Brown and Gal Gadot, the new era of inspiring women, also showed their support.

While 'Suicide Squad' star wore a robe-style, plunging gown with silver embroidery near the tight-high split, the 'Wonder Woman' wore a figure-hugging dress with a short slit and crop jacket.

The 13-year-old 'Stranger Things' star wore an oversized, cape-style dress.
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From velvet to shimmer and lace, the celebrities (L-R) Natalie Portman, America Ferrera, Emma Stone and Billie Jean King wore black in their special way and posed for the paparazzi at the Globes red carpet.
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The just the women, but the men showed solidarity too with their black, custom-made suits.

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