Chadwick Boseman has died at age 43 of colon cancer. He was first diagnosed in 2016 but he did not discuss the disease publicly. The Black Panther will surely be missed. As a tribute to the star, here are 6 facts to know about Chadwick Boseman.
1. He has West African and Nigerian roots
Boseman is from South Carolina in the United States, and his parents are both African American. He wanted to learn more about his ancestry and took a DNA test. Not only did this test reveal that he has West African ancestry, but it also provided specific details of the ethnic groups in his ancestry. According to The Things, Boseman discovered that his ancestors were from the Mende and Limba people of Sierra Leone, the Jola people from Guinea-Bissau, and the Yoruba people of Nigeria.
2. He is from a large family
Chadwick Boseman is from a huge family. He once said in an interview that when his grandmother died. She left behind a whopping total of 115 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Boseman was close to his immediate family and family is important to him.
3. He didn’t audition for the role of Black Panther
Boseman did not have to audition for the role of Black Panther, which he plays in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. The first of these films was ‘Captain America: Civil War’. Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth were among the actors who had to audition for their roles in this film, but the same did not apply for Boseman. Based on his performances in previous films, Boseman was offered the role over the phone by Marvel Universe President Kevin Feige. Of course, Boseman accepted and it is for this role that he is now best-known.
4. He Was the Only Black God in ‘Gods of Egypt’
Chadwick Boseman was the only black actor playing a God in ‘Gods of Egypt’. The film was widely criticized for whitewashing, which was a view with which Boseman agreed. The actor defended his decision to take on the role by saying that it meant there was at least one black actor in the film. Some of the white actors playing gods included Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush, and Bryan Brown. The upset over casting is possibly why this film was a commercial flop as it made only $150.7 million at the worldwide box office from a budget of $140 million. Things are rather different now as he plays the lead in ‘Black Panther’, which is a film featuring predominantly black actors.
5. He was not a fan of comics
Unlike many kids, Chadwick Boseman was not a fan of comics growing up. Therefore, it may seem strange that it is a character from a comic book that is now his most famous role. Boseman has said that he prayed he would get the role of Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe months in advance of being cast in the role. Once he landed the role, he read as many comics as he could that related to Black Panther to learn more about the character and his backstory.
6. He is an Award-Winning Actor
Chadwick Boseman has been nominated for multiple awards throughout his career. His first nomination was in 2016 for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a film. This was for his portrayal of T’Challa/ Black Panther in ‘Captain America: Civil War’. Unfortunately, he was not an award winner on that occasion. For his portrayal of the same character in the 2018 film ‘Black Panther’, Chadwick Boseman was nominated for seven awards, of which he won four. He won two MTV Awards, one for Best Actor in a Movie and the second award for Best Hero. He also won the People’s Choice Male Movie Star of 2018 and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.