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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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Exclusive: So, Is The New “Friday” Movie Really Happening … Or Nah?!

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There’s Friday, Next Friday, Friday After Next … and now maybe Last Friday?

Fans have been begging Ice Cube to bring back his uber popular Friday franchise for years. And now that his look-a-like son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., is killing the thespian game, just like his pops, a reboot seems all the more possible, right?

Just last week, comedian DC Young Fly posted a pic on Instagram teasing his fans about the possibility of himself and Jackson, Jr. filling the roles of Smokey (originally played by Chris Tucker) and Craig.

And of course fans went crazy. But when we chatted with O’Shea during the press day for his new action film “Den of Thieves”, he was a bit more reserved about the idea.

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