The role of a character can change someone’s life, but it doesn’t define a person. Especially when the person is as fun and diverse as Chadwick Boseman. In addition to Black Panther, Mr Boseman has played unforgettable roles in films like 42 and Get Up. After the success of the Black Panther, Boseman’s career reached second gear. But unfortunately, on 28 August he died at 43 due to colon cancer. Here are some facts about Chadwick Boseman that everyone should know.
So whether you liked him playing real African American icons like Jack Robinson and James Brownie or get to know him as King T’Challa, it’s time to learn more about this down to earth persona. Here are Top 15 Unknown facts about Chadwick Boseman.
Little Known Chadwick Boseman Facts!
15. Black Lives Matter
Boseman was the only black artist to have depicted the Egyptian god in Gods of Egypt. The film not only received criticism for its poor quality but also for blatant whitewashing. Boseman fully agrees with the whitewashing claims and later confirms that he still acted in the movie, so at least black was portrayed. “People don’t make $ 140 million movies starring blacks and brown people,” Boseman said. Two years later he starred in a $200 million film having an almost black cast.
14. The Hidden Writer
Aside from being an actor, Boseman is a writer who wrote his first screenplay, Crossroads, after the murder of his teammate of the college basketball team. “I just had a feeling that this was something that was calling to me… Suddenly, playing basketball wasn’t as important.”
It really seems incredible to react to these types of trauma with creativity and enthusiasm instead of anger and/or hate (understandably). Chadwick Bosman is one of those people!
Boseman joined Howard University (also known as “Mecca”) at the same time as author Ta-Nehisi Coates, who later became the author of Black Panther Comics. Boseman has credited this historically Black college which introduced him with more black history, as well as black writers such as James Baldwin and the Black Panther Comics.
What an amazing place for a youngster!
12. In Search Of Roots
After playing T’Challa’s Black Panther, Boseman wanted to stay in touch with his African ancestry.
Africanancestry.com traced his ancestry of his ancestral homes belonging to certain ethnic groups: Yoruba from Nigeria, Limba and Mende from Sierra Leone and Jola from Guinea-Bissau.
11. A Second Name
Mostly we ended up using the name we got at birth during our entire lives. And obviously, it has something good and familiar about it. But we can’t deny the fact that from inside we all want a name full of power and meaning.
In Cape Town, while researching for Black Panther, a street musician gave Boseman the Xhosa name of Mxolisi or “Peacemaker”.
Before Boseman came into filmmaking or writing, he loved to draw and wanted to become an architect.
What’s wrong with these incredibly talented people? They are not happy with world-class performance in one area (in this case it’s acting); they have to master other interesting things as well.
9. Behind The Chair And In Front
Boseman started acting so that he can become a better director. The artist wanted to better understand what the actors were doing so that his advice would be more effective. When he got a call about 42, he was actually running an Off-Broadway play at that time.
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8. Granny Issues
Boseman is very silent about his Personal life, but his girlfriend’s grandma revealed their relationship with the media. Boseman and Taylor Simone Ledward are dating since 2015. Later Boseman married her.
When you have been dating a world-famous actor, make sure your grandma doesn’t blow up your spot.
Come on grandma, give him privacy!
7. Pick A Biopic
Before Black Panther, the biggest roles that Boseman portrayed from Jackie Robinson in 42 to James Brown in Getting on up were biopics. Boseman said that sometimes people say that he has played enough biopic, but Boseman politely disagrees.
I say go ahead, Chadwick. The man has delivered it whatever the role he is given. He has mastered each one, Just give this man another one!
Boseman still hasn’t won any Hollywood Silverware yet. But he earned a nomination in Jeff Award (an award for Chicago-area theatre) for Best New Play for his play Deep Azure.
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5. No Master Of Disguise
For Black Panther, Marvel offered Boseman free back issues (comics that are not the latest issue), but Boseman himself wanted to buy it. Boseman, who was wearing a hat and sunglasses, was instantly recognized when he returned to the same bookstore to re-up.
Surprise, surprise: comic book fans were able to identify easily the star of the comic book movie.
4. Always On The Top
According to Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, when casting Black Panther, Boseman was always on the top of the list. “I think it was 24 hours between saying his name in a creative story meeting and talking to his agent and getting on the phone with him”. Unlike Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans, Boseman didn’t have to read for his role.
3. Baseball Player
42 Includes scenes where Jackie Robinson is stealing bases and Boseman must-have filmed such scenes several times. Due to errors and technical issues such as filming with multiple rates, Boseman filmed the base steal 50 times. Maybe because of this practice baseball could have become a backup if acting doesn’t work well?
2. Age Is Just A Number
Although he is 41, Boseman didn’t show that much ageing. Ryan Coogler, the director of Black Panther actually once said that his youthful appearance made him “perfect casting”. “His body, his personality, the way he looks younger than he is, wise beyond his years”.
While studying at Howard University, Boseman and some of his friends attended the Oxford University Summer Theater. Because of the cost, Bosman’s professor organized an anonymous donation from her friends in Hollywood. Later Boseman gets to know that his donor was Denzel Washington. Boseman thanked Washington in person when he met the veteran actor at a premiere of his smash hit Black Panther.
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