We still can’t fully process Chadwick Boseman’s passing. During CCXP, The Russo Brothers remembered his memory and paid tribute to the trailblazing actor.
The Russo Brothers On Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther Performance
During this years CCXP Collider panel, The Russo Brothers rembered what it was like working with Chadwick Boseman.
“This is a very simple detail, but early on when we were shooting Civil War which was his first performance as Black Panther, it was very difficult working with him to find the specific African accent, the specific version of Africa that we were trying to craft into the fictional Wakanda. And once he cracked that character and found that accent, he stayed in that accent through the entire shoot even when he was off camera. He would only speak in that manner as T’Challa.
I think that just speaks to the fact of how deeply he had built that character and how he had to hold onto that character through the entire process in order to perform it. It’s just incredibly admirable when you find somebody who puts that level of their being and their focus and their entire effort into what they’re doing, and it translates to the screen. You feel something different when you watch him perform, not just as T’Challa but in all the roles. He was an incredible inspiration, an incredible human being, just the height of professionalism and artistry. We’re so grateful for our time with him.”
The Russo Brothers On Chadwick Boseman The Man
The professionalism, dedication, and respect that Chadwick Boseman put into his performance will make his legend live forever. However, Joe Russo also was awestruck by the humanity and dignity of Chadwick Boseman. He added:
“He had incredible integrity. He was very thoughtful, artistic, elegant human being that was just a pleasure to be around and a pleasure to work with. As Anth said, not only was he an actor he was a filmmaker. He understood filmmaking. He understood storytelling. I think the thing that’s most important to stress was the people who worked with him over the last six years on several projects, was what he did and the way that he dealt with his illness was so brave and exemplified such integrity, because he put aside any sort of personal agenda for what he knew was a real historical moment in time in respect to what Black Panther meant to people.
I don’t think he wanted his illness to become the story. He wanted Black Panther and this all-black cast to be the story. And that’s one of the bravest things that we’ve seen anyone do, that we’ve dealt with on a personal level.”
Chadwick Boseman’s last performance will be as Levee in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which will be released globally on Netflix December 18th. Black Panther is available to stream on Disney+ now.
Rest in Peace, Chadwick Boseman. You will always be remembered.