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"For Better or For Worse"
Before Michael Jai White starred in For Better or For Worse from 2011 to 2017, he worked on other television shows and starred in martial arts movies. For Better or for Worse aired on OWN, its third season, following its cancelation by TBS.
He starred in well-known martial arts movies. He looked incredibly fit. You watch his films which you are streaming, and you will see a mighty fine-looking man.
White talks in this video about body aesthetics. As a fitness buff, White provides a summary or an introduction to the particular kind of training. The training concentrates on building a proportional, symmetrical body. It is not lifting heavy weights or working on just one specific aspect of the body. Instead, it is a guide to developing your statuesque physique. He shares with us his secret to looking so good for the camera.
Michael Jai White Movies
White's movie career started in 1989 with small parts like Alley Man #1 and Audience Man. His work did develop and gradually grow. He got cast in meatier roles for television in shows like Jag and NYPD Blue. Eventually, he landed starring roles in both TV and movies.
His starring role in Black Dynamite is a story is about a 1970s movie that capitalized on the black people as stereotyped characters. White plays Black Dynamite, who is an impressive fighter of crime.
The 2009 movie dramatizes how black people are in movies. The premise is like the movies Dolemite and Trouble Man. Black Dynamite even pokes fun at these types of films because, today, if you view them now, they would be considered demeaning. I am glad Black Dynamite pokes fun at these movies because they do demoralize the black race.
Years later, only White's voice starred in the Black Dynamite animated TV series. The series lasted for three years with the same type of characters in the movie. You can still catch some of the episodes on YouTube.
Martial Arts Training
White talked to interviewers about how martial arts is a big deal in his life because it teaches him about accomplishing what he wants in life.
Michael Jai White martial arts training takes his acting ability to a whole new level. He talked about how the body gets conditioned as a result of what the mind is doing. Building his discipline and focus is the driving force behind is dedication.
He can shut out anything in his life that he wants to shut out, so he can focus on acting or business ventures. He knows the importance of discipline because, with it, he can accomplish anything.
Michael Jai White starred in "Spawn" in 1997, playing the role of the superhero. A milestone for him because he was the first African American to play a superhero in a blockbuster movie.
Action Martial Arts
In one sci-fi combat and action martial arts movie, White starred in Universal Soldier: The Return with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
To stay in shape for his role, he put himself on a strict diet of only protein and three gallons of water a day. He worked out on the set when he wasn’t shooting a scene.
He intensified his martial arts combat skills and stayed away from lifting weights. He felt using weights made the body weight more, not lighter. He needed to keep his body trim and agile.
Enthralling Movie Roles
White starred in The Dark Knight playing Gambol against the Joker, who was represented by the late Heath Ledger.
White played Mike Tyson in the movie Tyson. He received positive feedback.
Another movie he played a unique superhero in a horror movie called Spawn about a supernatural being who can kick some evil booty.
He even kicked some booty in Exit Wounds with Steven Seagal.
Black Belt Certification
White maintains his persona in these action movies because he trained with several well-known Black Belt Hall of Famers. They all have a black belt six sigma certification. That means they are leaders, teachers, and mentors of martial arts.
White flourishes on film and in life by learning and applying martial arts, and believes tying on a white belt compared to a black belt is a method of “looking forward to learning something new.”
White's Spiritual Journey
White identifies the spiritual journey of his body, reaching maturity. As a martial artist, he is willing to come to terms with the philosophical aspect of being himself. White has talked to interviewers about taking the bait of just looking good is a disservice to himself. He explained, as a martial artist, he intends to be the best he can be, no matter what else is happening in his life. It is this philosophy that has guided him and helped him be successful.
White looks good in the reruns of For Better or For Worse. It will be interesting to see what his next move is in the industry. According to his IMDb profile, he stars in several movies. They are either in pre-production or post-production.
On his Facebook page, he posted, “I have some cool things planned... and an announcement of the first Jaigantic feature.” Jaigantic looks like his own production company that will make action movies. All in all, he still has a lot of kick and jabs left in him.
© 2018 Kenna McHugh