“In times of crisis, the wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers.” Chadwick Boseman was one of the finest black actors of our time. The humanity and warmth he would bring to his characters were incredible, no matter the movie’s quality. And apparently, he was the only black actor bestowed to play one of the most significant roles who would unite the colors of all kinds.
It is his heartbreaking to accept this, but the King is no more. The Black Panther has left for his heavenly abode, and it hurts. It hurts for the world never knew; the writing was on the wall.
Chadwick Boseman had Cancer Since 2016
As fate would have it, just a year after, when Mr. Boseman signed to play Black Panther, it came to his knowledge that he was suffering from Stage II Colon Cancer. The same tumor took away another acting icon this year, the late great Irrfan Khan.
Despite knowing his journey has shrunken, he continued to play T’Challa, among other memorable roles. It tremendously aches, knowing he performed alongside undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy.
As I write this, it is morning in India. And it is the news I woke up to, with the official statement coming from Chadwick’s Twitter account. You can read the same.
From Jackie Robinson in ’42’ to Stormin’ Norman in ‘Da 5 Bloods’
There aren’t a lot of films Chadwick Boseman did. If you count them, including his next, which is now, a posthumous release, he only starred in 15 films. Nevertheless, each of his performances exemplified his magnificence in getting the characters right.
He won our hearts as Jackie Robinson in 42, which, to this day, remains one of his most moving performances. And he crushed it as Stormin’ Norman, the righteous American soldier in Spike Lee’s latest joint. For those who have seen it, looking at his character will never be the same again, knowing he knew it would be one of his final performances.
I could not review Da 5 Bloods in June, but I must now mention how much I loved Chadwick’s performance when Paul visions Norman. It was one of the most enlightening scenes in the film, and I feel thankful to Spike Lee for having it in the movie. If you haven’t watched the film yet, watch it right away. It is rare to find a movie star with the mannerism of a stalwart theatre artist.
Chadwick Boseman will be missed. But his work will continue to inspire. RIP.