“I never met Michael Jordan. I never want to officially meet him until I’m at a point where he knows who I am and I know who he is,” the “Fahrenheit 451” star told Men’s Health. “And it would be our mutual respect thing. Until then it would just be a ‘this guy has your name, ha ha.’ I don’t want that. So that pushes me to keep working too. These things motivate me.”
The 31-year-old actor said that sharing a name with such a sports legend has driven his competitive spirit since he was a kid.
“I’m competitive. I want to compete in anything I do,” the “Black Panther” star said. “That came from my name. Growing up in sports and having a name like Michael Jordan and being teased, I had to compete. I couldn’t be the guy with the name and not be good at it. That carried over to everything. I’m like, I’ve got to be just as great if not greater than he was in his field.”
Hilariously enough, the Hollywood actor isn’t actually named after the athlete; he’s named after his father Michael A. Jordan.
“He didn’t really realize what he was going to put me through the first 26 years of my life,” he once told Jimmy Kimmel.