Next Factor Q&A: 'Chronicle' Star Michael B. Jordan

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Remember that awesome kid on "The Wire?" Or maybe you remember him as Vince Howard on "Friday Night Lights?" He was also that sweet guy who dated Haddie on "Parenthood."

Now Michael B. Jordan is taking all those memorable, sweet qualities from the television to the big screen – it's about time! – in the new sci-fi flick, "Chronicle."

The movie takes a frighteningly realistic look at what would happen if a trio of high school boys from different ends of the social spectrum were suddenly masters of telekinesis. The trick to keeping the story "grounded in real life," Jordan tells NextMovie, was the level of collaboration director Josh Trank encouraged between him and the cast.

"We were constantly talking about what a high school boy would really do if he could move things with his mind," he explained, adding that the scene where his character, Steve, has a leaf blower move and lift girls' skirts was his idea.

All flashing moments aside, Jordan's soulfulness throughout years of television is just as evident in his latest film and, no doubt, will continue through many projects to come.

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With its found footage approach, dark turn and super powers, people are describing it as a mash-up of a bunch of other movies. What would be your formula to describe it?

I think it's a mixture of "Cloverfield" with a steadier camera hand mixed with a little bit of "Kick-Ass" meets "Akira" meets "Carrie" meets real s**t happening. It's so hard because it's not just a what-happens-next film. It's not like a [found] footage movie where you're like "Okay, where's the monster?" "What's going to jump out of door number three?" You really are invested in these characters from the beginning of the movie … You'll laugh, hopefully you'll cry, you'll get excited, you'll cheer, you'll be sad, you'll go through a rollercoaster of a range of emotions. I think that's the kind of mash that the movie is.

How much stunt work did you get to do?

I did a lot of them. I'm an athlete; I've got an ego when stunt doubles have to come in. Not an ego like that, but when it comes to physical stuff, if I didn't have to have a stunt double, I would always probably do it myself unless the producers were jumping in and stopping me.

So, when I jumped in the lake, that was all me. That was a workout! That was intense because we did it maybe 14 times and by the sixth time, I was dead tired – swimming with clothes on is not the easiest thing to do at all and that lake was freezing! When I say freezing, I mean holy s**t cold, but it was fun and I felt like a superhero for real.They didn't give me any extra air, none of that stuff. I literally dived down, pulled this dude out, and swam – I felt like I was on "Baywatch."

So was a more typical superhero gig something you were looking for? Were you wanting to sport some tights?

Nah, I think with "Friday Night Lights," people had plenty of time to look at my butt.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

The ability to hear woman's thoughts! "What Women Want," that movie with Mel Gibson – that's the power I want. With filters, of course.

Any actors that really impress you?

Meryl Streep does it for me. She makes it look so easy that it's like, is she trying right now? … It's so effortless it's ridiculous.

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What are you hearing about a "Friday Night Lights" movie?

I mean I hear stuff about it. I think Jason Katims is writing the script … The last time I heard something was right around Emmy time.

Would you be on board to revisit Vince?

Yeah, I've got some unfinished business with Vince. I would love to give some more closure. Even though the ending is kind of nice, it would be cool to go back to Vince and revisit a character that so many people really seem to enjoy. That would be cool.

There was some talk amongst "Hunger Games" fans for you to play Thresh in the movie. Did you hear anything about that or did you audition?

I didn't even audition for it. I heard something about it, some type of poll or something I guess had my name up there among the few they wanted to be in it but I never got a call for anything. I hear it's amazing. I heard the story was pretty awesome, so kudos to the guy that got it.

Twitter or Facebook?

Oh man, that's rough. Facebook.

MAC or PC?


Rap or Rock?

I go toward the middle way of hip-hop and R&B.

What are you really digging right now?

I'm listening to a lot of Kendrick Lamar and Common's new album. I'm listening to Drake, Adele … I'm all over the place but more hip-hop and R&B. I like the old '90s music.

Justin Bieber or Justin Timberlake?

I'm going to go with Bieber. I like Timberlake, don't get me wrong, but I'm going to go with Bieber right now.

Vampires, zombies or werewolves?


Who do you think will win the Super Bowl?

The Giants, of course. Duh!