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‘Fahrenheit 451’ star Michael B. Jordan blasts Trump as a reflection of the novel’s dystopian horrors

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Known for his portrayal of Erik Killemonger, the anti-hero in Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan said his latest starring role in the new adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is well-timed to the Trump era.

Jordan told The Daily Beast that although Bradbury’s seminal novel depicting a book-burning dystopia was written in response to McCarthyism and the Red Scare, many of the book’s themes ring true today.

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“Those things may have always been present, but we have somebody, our current tenant, who is very vulgar,” the actor said, referencing President Donald Trump. “So now it’s more in your face.”

HBO’s film adaptation of the novel also places Jordan’s character, Guy Montag, in a more modern era. The story follows Montag as he goes from a hawkish defender of his knowledge-controlling government to book-saving revolutionary.

Jordan told the Beast he initially turned down the role for its initial depiction of Montag’s brutal rounding up of dissidents, known as “eels,” because he assumed they would be black and brown. When director Ryan Coogler told the actor the dissidents (and victims of the film’s dystopian government in general) would be of all races, however, Jordan decided to take it.

“I was like, ‘Oh shit,’” he told the Beast. “I, Mike, am so programmed and desensitized and trained to feel and think that way because it’s so relevant, with the police brutality in my community, and the shootings. I was so conditioned to think and feel that way, I was like, man, that’s even more reason why I need to take this role.”

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He went on to call one of the novel’s main conceits — that Benjamin Franklin founded the first fire department not to put out fires but to cause them — “the first fake news.”


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In extreme crises, conservatism can turn to fascism. Here’s how that might play out

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5 movie "Back to the Future," Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) travels in a time machine from the 1980s to the 1950s. When he tells people of the '50s he is from the '80s, he is met with skepticism.

1950s person: Then tell me, future boy, who's President of the United States in 1985?

This article first appeared at Salon.com.Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.

1950s person: Ronald Reagan? The actor? [chuckles in disbelief] Then who's vice president? Jerry Lewis [comedian]?

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Body language expert dissects the power dynamic at play in the iconic Nancy Pelosi photo

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Last week, President Donald Trump met with Democrats at the White House to discuss the way both sides could work to fix the President's mistakes in Syria. Democrats left the White House saying that the President had another meltdown during the meeting, which prompted Trump to claim Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was the one who had a meltdown. He then posted photos of Pelosi sitting quietly and another photo of Pelosi standing and pointing at him.

Body language expert Dr. Jack Brown posted the photo and gave his own analysis of what he believed was happening in the photo.

"When a person has little or no empathy — and/or when they're far from their emotional baseline, their ability to interpret how others will view an event becomes dramatically distorted," Brown explained Sunday. "Rarely has this behavioral axiom been better exemplified than last Wednesday at the White House."

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Internet cracks up at possible fake Mitt Romney Twitter account — and wants him to ‘run against Trump as Pierre Delecto’

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UPDATE: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has confessed to the account being his. When an Atlantic reporter called to ask for comment and ask if he was the account, Romney replied, "C'est moi."

Slate reporter Ashley Feinberg wrote that she may have discovered a secret Mitt Romney Twitter account under the name Pierre Delecto.

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