Denzel Washington Speaks On Chadwick Boseman’s Legacy
Denzel Washington, at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, gave a heartfelt speech about late actor, Chadwick Boseman, whose death was announced by his family on social media on the 28th of August.
During the virtual panel, the 65 year old spoke about his relationship with Chadwick, which goes way back to Chadwick’s Howard university days. In 2018, Denzel attended the Black Panther movie premiere where he first met Chadwick officially.
“I went to watch the movie and I remember shedding a tear,” Denzel said. “I was like; man, these young guys are just going! Like, they’ve taken over!”
He said watching Chadwick’s performance in the movie made him confident that the next generation of actors were prepared. “You know, sooner or later you’re not going to make it all the way around the track. You’re going to take some time off and watch the young boys run. And watching that movie, that’s what I felt like. I’m like; man, they’re going.” Denzel recollected.
Then Denzel added, that though the loss shook friends and fans of the actor, that Chadwick wasn’t cheated out of life. “…he didn’t get cheated. We did. I pray for his poor wife and his family; they got cheated, but he lived a full life.” He said.
Besides being friends, Boseman and Washington also had a working relationship as Washington took on the role of producer on ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ –one of Boseman’s last movies before his death. Fear of The Walking Dead actor Colman Domingo, who also stars in the upcoming Netflix film, took to Instagram to share a memory from set.
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My friend Chad is on the far left. We created something beautiful together. His last film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. The film wrestles with God. We wrestled with August Wilson’s text. We wrestled with music. We wrestled with faith. We shared such a loving brotherhood since the first time we did a reading together many moons ago at New York Stage and Film. Each time I always thought, he was such a shy, cool, kinda strange intellectual brother. Knowing him on the journey of Ma was a true gift. I will miss him and honor his incredible legacy that he built in 43 years. Goodnight friend.
Chadwick also held the Man On Fire actor in high regard, sharing the story of how Washington had helped him during the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019.
“Many of you already know the story that Mr. Washington –when asked by Phylicia Rashad to join her in assisting nine theater students from Howard University who had been accepted to a summer acting program the British Academy of Dramatic Acting in Oxford – gracefully and privately agreed to contribute. As fate would have it, I was one of the students that he paid for,” Boseman said. “Imagine receiving the letter that your tuition for the summer was paid for and that your benefactor was none other than the dopest actor on the planet… There is no Black Panther without Denzel Washington.”
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After the Black Panther actor’s passing, Denzel released a statement saying, “He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short, yet, illustrious career. God bless Chadwick Boseman.”