Monday, September 25, 2023

Feel-Good Interview: Get to Know Michael Jai White of "Spawn", "Tyson" and His Own Western "Outlaw Johnny Black - 7 Things to Learn About Him

By Markos Papadatos #Powerjournalist
Michael Jai White is an actor, writer, filmmaker, and martial artist. He has the distinction of being the first African American to play a major comic book superhero in the film “Spawn.” 
He also played the role of boxer Mike Tyson in the HBO TV film “Tyson.” 
He is known for his work on Tyler Perry’s films and the series “For Better or Worse.” 
His western, “Outlaw Johnny Black,” which he wrote, directed, and stars in was released in September 2023. This summer, he also starred in the action film “The Island.” 
He is married to actress and martial artist Gillian White. 
Favorite Sports to Watch and to Play 
Michael Jai White's favorite sport to watch and to play is “MMA.” “Your biggest obstacle in life is going to be yourself,” he said. “You can work out and you can pitch yourself against yourself, but you pretty much know the outcome. When you have an opponent, that ups the stage because that is another entity that is providing an obstacle. That other human makes you dig deeper,” he said. 
Favorite Mottos to Live by 
On his favorite mottos to live by, he said, “I have my own. Every day, I do something for the future, but when that is satisfied, I live in the moment. Every day and every moment is special. This motto has worked for me.” 
Favorite Cheat Meal 
He listed Ritz and Town House crackers as his favorite cheat meal. “I might sound boring, but I really enjoy Ritz and Town House crackers,” he said. “I like snacking on salty things, I don’t really have a sweet tooth. I’m snacking on healthy things.” 
Favorite Films 
He disclosed Enter the Dragon and The Princess Bride as his favorite movie, and he noted that he hopes they don’t remake it, especially because the original one is “top-notch.” 
Favorite Series to Binge-Watch 
On his favorite series to binge, he said, “We enjoy binge-atching Bupkis and Barry, which is one of my favorites. Barry is just brilliant.” 
Who Michael Jai White Would Like to Collaborate With
He would love to someday work with his hero, Samuel L. Jackon. “I still want to work with my hero. That would be so much fun,” he admitted. 
How He Defines Success 
White defined the word success as contentment in life. “Happiness is the main component. If you are happy as a barista, then you are successful. Simply following your heart, you are successful,” he said. 
To learn more about actor, director, and filmmaker Michael Jai White, follow him on Instagram
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