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Chadwick Boseman Opens Up About His 'Black Panther' Role!

Chadwick Boseman Opens Up About His 'Black Panther' Role!

Chadwick Boseman is featured in an exclusive photo shoot and interview with Mr. Porter, which is out now.

Here’s what the 41-year-old Black Panther actor had to say:

On whether Black Panther is part of a bigger movement: “Yeah, I hope so. But I hesitate to jump on that ‘Oh, it’s a movement’ thing. Because it depends on how it opens. I mean, it’s got to happen first, right? People need to show up and not bootleg it.”

On seeing signs before being cast in the role: “They said they had a role they wanted me to play, and was I interested. But they never said what it was. That’s how Marvel is. So I ran through the parts in my head – ‘Let’s see, [Anthony] Mackie‘s playing Falcon, Sam Jackson‘s Nick Fury…’ And while we’re talking, the limo stopped in front of this antique store – we were trying to get away from these autograph collectors who kept following and knocking on the window. And the window display in this store was all panthers.”

On finding success later in his career: “You say later, but when did it come to Denzel [Washington] or Sam Jackson or Morgan Freeman? And why is that? I don’t have the answer, but it’s a question to pose. The industry looks for white actors and actresses, but it’s not the same for black actors. We have to really put the work in.”

For more from Chadwick, head to MrPorter.com.

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Credit: Bjorn Iooss; Photos: MrPorter.com
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  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    His comment about bootlegging is interesting. What do you suppose made him make a leap in judgement like that?

  • Gina

    Not really a leap, people watch movies illegally all the time. Movies that are bootlegged don’t count towards ticket sales, thus making it hard to determine how successful a movie really is.

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