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Chadwick Boseman Didn't Ever Want to Be an Actor & He Reveals the Reason Why

Chadwick Boseman Didn't Ever Want to Be an Actor & He Reveals the Reason Why

Chadwick Boseman is on the cover of Esquire‘s summer issue, on newsstands June 5.

Here’s what the 40-year-old Black Panther star had to share with the mag…

On never wanting to be an actor: “I was more so of the mind of the director and the writer. I didn’t want to be onstage and I didn’t want to be on camera. Not at all. My older brother, he’s a dancer; he was also in plays. I would sit in the audience with my mom watching the director, and I was more interested in what he was doing than the performance onstage; it didn’t register that it was something I wanted to do. I became an actor because I was just trying to learn the whole process.”

On Black Panther‘s international success: “Studios will very often tell you that movies with a black lead are not going to work overseas. That was the thing for me—this means something everywhere in the world. It could actually change how studios respond to [black] movies. You can no longer say definitively, ‘Black movies don’t work [outside of the U. S.].’”

On creating Wakanda’s culture: “There’s a shorthand on certain cultural moments that you don’t have to talk about [with a black director]. But in this case, we did have to talk about some things culturally because we were literally creating a culture. There were discussions in a way that there wouldn’t have been if this was totally an African-American cast. In a lot of cases, we were finding similarities cross-culturally. It was a sense of each of us still trying to create this culture together. Because we were trying to create Wakanda, it was a unique experience.”

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