Chadwick Boseman speaking at a Comic Con panel in 2016 at the San Diego Convention Center for “Black Panther.” Gage Skidmore via Wiki Commons
On Aug. 26 the world renowned actor Chadwick Boseman died from colon cancer. He starred in films like “42,” “Marshall,” “21 Bridges” and “Black Panther.”
While battling with cancer, he managed to star in many inspiring movies that featured strong African American role models. Boseman’s most famous film he starred in was“Black Panther,” which was the first superhero movie to be nominated for a best picture in 2019. Also in 2018 the movie became the third highest grossing film of all time and the highest superhero film at that time.
His death hit incredibly hard, but especially for African Americans community since he meant so much to their culture. Boseman embodied every role he had to make sure he treated everything with respect.=
“A true fighter, Chadwick preserved through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much” Chadwick’s family said said in a Twitter post.“From ‘Marshall’ to ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s ‘Black Bottom’ and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Chadwicks decision to keep his cancer was due to his mom wanting to keep his life private from the public eye.
“I felt devastated when I first heard the news, he meant so much to the African American community as an actor,” Joseph Gourgy said, Saddleback College student and Bio-Chemistry major. “Whether he was playing Jackie Robinson or Black Panther, he carried himself on and off screen with such nobility and humility. He was a true inspiration to us all.”
Chadwick Boseman always went out and beyond to make sure he never misrepresented anyone while making his films. For the movie “Black Panther” he traveled to South Africa to learn the accent. For the movie “42” he went to spring training to learn more about playing baseball.
“I was shook because he never told anyone he had cancer, like the ‘Black Panther’ movie was so big in general and it was the first superhero movie where the whole cast was black so it was crazy,”Aman Singh said, Saddleback student who is currently undeclared. “That was all happening while he had been battling cancer. He was empowered and just seemed like a really nice guy. He really stood out from the rest of his cast members, like in avengers and his other movies and he really just broadened my imagination from just seeing those movies.”
Boseman’s friends and co-stars said he was an icon and used his gifts to benefit others. He was very talented and one of the greatest of this generation.
“I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire” Michael B. Jordan said in an Instagram post. “I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to love the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets.”
Many that have worked with him said he was a special guy and that they loved and admired him. He was a king to many of his fans and even though we won’t be able to see his gifts anymore, he will always hold a special place in many hearts.