Michael B. Jordan said Lauren London’s “transparency” about grief helped him play a widower in their movie, “Without Remorse.”
Jordan, 34, admitted in a new interview that he initially worried the storyline would hit too close to home for London, whose fiancé, rapper Nipsey Hussle, was shot and killed in March 2019. However, the way the actress, 36, expertly navigated the mourning process ended up inspiring her co-star.
“I think it was every emotional,” Jordan said on the “Jemele Hill Is Unbothered” podcast Monday. “I think we wanted to be aware and sensitive with that and how we shot some of those scenes.”
He added, “But also her sharing her experience with me and having pretty lengthy conversations about grief and suffering and what that looks and feels like really helped me get to a certain place as a character.”
In the movie, which is based on Tom Clancy’s 1993 novel, London plays the pregnant wife of Jordan’s character, a Navy SEAL who goes on to try and avenge her death.
“She was really transparent about [grief], and I was extremely grateful for that. She’s very talented and has so much to give,” Jordan said. “Wanting this to be a little therapeutic note for her as an artist is sometimes our space to vent and express ourselves in a certain type of way, and she felt like it was time for her to do that. So, I just kind of lined up where she was in her life and this project.”
Since Hussle’s death, London has been raising their now-4-year-old son, Kross, in addition to her 11-year-old son, Kameron, whom she shares with ex Lil Wayne.
“Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse” is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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