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Why Michael B. Jordan Was Afraid To Play Oscar Grant In ‘Fruitvale Station’

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The story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was shot and killed in Oakland by a BART officer on New Years Day 2009, shook up our nation and quickly turned into a media sensation that fueled controversy.

Now, Grant’s final accounts before his tragic death has been documented and portrayed in Ryan Coogler and Forest Whitaker’s Fruitvale Station.

Michael B. Jordan, who plays Oscar in the film, admitted to HipHollywood that he was fearful to step into this role. “It’s so hard when you’re playing a real person, and it’s so fresh and still so new in peoples minds. I just didn’t want to mess up, that’s something I thought about a lot,” Jordan shared.

HipHollywood also caught up with Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer who plays the dramatic role of Oscar’s mother. Spencer shared with HH that when it came to playing a mother who just lost her son, she didn’t think she would be able to channel the emotions.

“I can’t actually apply this to my own life except that I have nephews. I had to substitute one of them for Oscar, and the thought of losing one of them was very painful. And that’s what I drew from,” Spencer explained.

Fruitvale Station hits theaters July 12.

Check out what else the cast and crew of the film had to say below:

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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