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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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Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First

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If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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