Michael B. Jordan — or, as his “Creed III” co-star Jonathan Majors called him, “Michael B. Handsome” — received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday.
At the ceremony, Majors and “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler gave heartfelt speeches paying tribute to their friend and colleague, who couldn’t resist making a “shameless plug” for the trio’s new movie due Friday. came out, ‘Creed III’. the honor.
“First, I love my brother,” Majors said.
“When I walk around Mike – … or Creed or Donnie or Michael B. Handsome or sexiest man in the world, Adonis – I think of the story of Hercules. The story of a young man who was born a mortal… Michael represents a mythical character to me. I don’t think it’s an act of luck or an act of chance that so many people see him as (his “Creed” character) Adonis.
Directed by Jordan and produced by Coogler, the latest installment in the “Creed” franchise stars Jordan and Majors as childhood friends turned boxing foes. Jordan and Majors also both play villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
During his speech, Majors recalled inviting several young black students from the Yale School of Drama to see “Creed II” in theaters because he believed Jordan “represented us in the best way possible.” He also recalled Jordan rushing to his rescue, telling him, “Everything will be fine,” after he injured himself on the set of “Creed III.”
“That’s the man I know, and that’s the man I’ve come to love,” said Majors. “Today, brother, you go from man to god. You’re between Olympus and… no man on the planet I know deserves it more.
Coogler – who has worked with Jordan on multiple projects, including the “Creed” films, the “Black Panther” films and his feature film debut, “Fruitvale Station” – said he felt “the happiest director in the world” working together with the alum “Friday Night Lights” and the late Chadwick Boseman on “Black Panther.”
“It’s been the ride of a lifetime, man – working this decade with this man and watching him blossom into the phenomenal global talent that he is, the filmmaker that he is,” Coogler said.
“And knowing that maybe our relationship can be a blueprint for more relationships for the next people to come, it’s exciting. It’s humble. I am incredibly grateful.”
By the time he walked to the podium to make his remarks, Jordan was fighting back tears. He thanked his family and others who stood by his side “through thick and thin” and reflected on his body of work.
“The idea of receiving such an honor was like a dream. But I have always been a dream chaser, never afraid to work hard.” Jordan said.
“Thank you to my brother, Jonathan Majors, for joining me on this ‘Creed’ journey, supporting me here today, bringing tears to my eyes and s—. … It was a true honor to see you and your brilliance every day from behind the camera in a way that you made it harder for me to jump in front of the camera and occasionally slap you in the face.
Jordan also shouted at Coogler for always sitting in his “corner”, recognizing his talent and encouraging him to “dream bigger”.
“Partnering with Coogs has changed my entire life,” said Jordan.
“My gratitude to you for believing in me and for strengthening me… is endless.… I rarely stop to smell the roses and take in moments. I always move on to the next thing. . .. And for the first time in a very long time I’m taking in this moment…. So thank you.