Chadwick Boseman’s Moving Interview About Black Panther’s Impact Resurfaces
In a resurfaced interview, Chadwick Boseman discussed the impact of Black Panther on two young boys with terminal cancer.
The 43-year-old actor passed away after suffering for four years from colon cancer. He’d never released his diagnosis to the public, forging ahead with a dazzling, inspiring career from his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods.
As tributes from his fellow Avengers, actors and fans pour in, an earlier interview with further heartbreaking context has been shared online.
You can watch the interview below:
In a SiriusXM press event for the release of Black Panther, Boseman talks about meeting ‘two little kids, Ian and Taylor, who recently passed from cancer… and throughout our filming I was communicating with them, knowing that they were both terminal’.
Their parents said: ‘They’re trying to hold on till this movie comes.’ To a certain degree, you hear them say that and you’re like: ‘Wow, I gotta get up and go to the gym, I gotta go to work, I gotta learn these lines, I gotta work on this accent.’ Seeing how devoted all of my cast mates are and knowing that will be something meaningful to them.
To a certain degree it’s a humbling experience because you’re like: ‘This can’t mean that much to them.’ You know? But seeing how the world has taken us on, seeing how the movement has taken on a life of its own, I realised that they’d anticipated something great.
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“It was meant to be for Chadwick and me to be connected, for us to be family. But what many don’t know is our story began long before his historic turn as Black Panther. During the premiere party for Black Panther, Chadwick reminded me of something. He whispered that when I received my honorary degree from Howard University, his alma mater, he was the student assigned to escort me that day. And here we were, years later as friends and colleagues, enjoying the most glorious night ever! We’d spent weeks prepping, working, sitting next to each other every morning in makeup chairs, preparing for the day together as mother and son. I am honored that we enjoyed that full circle experience. This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal. So I pay tribute to a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother…”thou aren’t not dead but flown afar…”. All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince.” #WakandaForever
The actor went on to explain how it ‘put him back in the mind of being a kid… waiting for Christmas to come, waiting for my birthday to come… waiting for a toy I was gonna get a chance to experience or waiting for a video game, I did live a life waiting for those moments’.
While becoming rather emotional, Boseman added: ‘Just to experience those two little boys’ anticipation of this movie. It means a lot.’
Huffington Post reporter Matt Jacobs also shared an earlier interview with Boseman, in which he commented to the actor, with reference to the prep required for all his different films: ‘You’ve been through the wringer.’
Boseman replied: ‘Oh, you don’t even know [laughs]. You have no idea. One day I’ll live to tell the story.’
Angela Bassett, who starred alongside Boseman in Black Panther, wrote on Instagram: ‘This young man’s dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal. So I pay tribute to a beautiful spirit, a consummate artist, a soulful brother’, adding ‘#WakandaForever’.
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