How the “Black Panther” actor gave the world and movie-goers the courage and spirits they need.
Last week, Chadwick Boseman passed away from colon cancer, and when the news got out, fans were left in a state of decay. He’s done a brilliant job at portraying historical figures like baseball player Jackie Robinson in “42,” singer James Brown in “Get On Up,” and the first African American Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall.” But he gained more fans and attention with his portrayal of Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And to keep his acting career alive, he kept his illness a secret, like Howard Ashman did with his Aids disease.
So, to pay my respects to him, I’ve made this video tribute, explaining to you why he spread the world with joy, even in a broken society. And that you shouldn’t just single him out in “Black Panther,” because he did other amazing roles like the historical figures I’ve mentioned. He was very versatile.
His last movie role was in Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods,” in which he plays a fallen Vietnam War soldier, who plans to return stolen bricks of gold to the fallen African-American characters. If the movie gets Oscars or Golden Globes, I hope Spike Lee will honor Boseman’s name. Obviously, the Oscars will honor his name along with the other fallen stars and filmmakers.
This actor was a man of faith and ambition. He was committed to his Black Panther character so much, that he helped inspire a society to do better. With all the killings and fires going on, Boseman never succumbed to the turmoil. And even with his illness, he was still able to think of others instead of himself, like some ill children he visited in hospitals.
We have no idea who will replace him in the upcoming “Black Panther” sequel or of it will even happen (my guess), but I doubt he’ll be as good as him. It’s impossible to replace him, because of how he brought soul to the character, and make him courageous. The solo film made my list of the Best Films of 2018, for its performances, action sequences, soundtrack, culture, and spirits. And it’s respectful that it will premiere on ABC without any commercial interruptions, as well as “42” having a limited theatrical release.
He was a great actor and a culture hero, and it’s a shame he couldn’t live to an old age, but he will always be remembered for “Black Panther,” “42,” “Get On Up,” “Marshall,” and “Da 5 Bloods,” and never be forgotten for what he has done for the world. He inspired faith and spirits to people and movie-goers young and old.
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