Fruitvale Station's Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan has built a career out of making grown men weep. At 15, he played Wallace on The Wire, the teen drug dealer whose murder was among the most unbearable of the series' wrenching tragedies. Then fans rooted for him as the troubled East Dillon quarterback in the final seasons of Friday Night Lights, when he stepped in as the emotional center of a show that thrived and survived on audience devotion. But it's his breakout role in Fruitvale Station (in theaters July 26) that finally got him choked up. "I first read the script three times back-to-back-to-back," says the 26-year-old Newark, New Jersey, native. "And I cried every time."

Michael B. Jordan has built a career out of making grown men weep. At 15, he played Wallace on The Wire, the teen drug dealer whose murder was among the most unbearable of the series' wrenching tragedies. Then fans rooted for him as the troubled East Dillon quarterback in the final seasons of Friday Night Lights, when he stepped in as the emotional center of a show that thrived and survived on audience devotion. But it's his breakout role in Fruitvale Station (in theaters July 26) that finally got him choked up. "I first read the script three times back-to-back-to-back," says the 26-year-old Newark, New Jersey, native. "And I cried every time."

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