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



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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