'Black Panther' Director Says Chadwick Boseman Inspired One of the Movie's Most Iconic Lines | 22 Words

Since we all heard about the death of Chadwick Boseman, the people that knew him are coming forward with anecdotes about their experiences with him. Recently, the director of Black Panther has spoken out about how Chadwick actually inspired one of the movie's most iconic lines and it's so heartwarming.

Read on for all the details.

The tragic death of Chadwick Boseman shocked us all.

While appearing in different movies, we had no idea that the late actor was battling colon cancer.

But he has left behind some amazing content to remember him by...

Including the legendary movie that is Black Panther.

Black Pather completely revolutionized the film industry.

Back in 2018, Black Panther became the talk of the town as it hit all major big-screens.

We'd never seen anything like this before.

Marvel's superhero movie brought cultural importance to the forefront of a storyline while still maintaining the classic "hero vs villain" trope.

And even outside of the storyline, this movie broke barriers.

With black talent spread across the entire cast and production, Black Panther became more than just a social talking point. It became an artistic celebration of black culture.

In the past, we have struggled to see such overwhelming representation.

The genre typically upholds traditional superhero visuals, as seen with Superman, Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, and Batman, just to name a select few...

But Black Panther saw a whole new story brought to life.

A culture that was once seen as other, brought about celebration in a way that actually brought audiences together to share their love for the genre.

And one of the main reasons for this was the cast members...

In such a strong line-up of actors and actresses, we saw the fusion of old and new black actors including Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o and Letitia Wright.

But the star of the show was none other than Chadwick Boseman.

The Guardian described him as a man who is helping to "[open] up people's minds."

The forty-two-year-old plays the character, Black Panther.

Even though Boseman made an appearance in Captain America: Civil War prior to this blockbuster, no one really acknowledged the talent and drive behind his character.

That's why he talked about the pressure that came about with such a big role.

He explained how most of it was "brought on himself." "It’s not like it’s actually coming from outside. I think we all placed that pressure on ourselves with this cos we knew what the opportunity was. Everyone knew this was something that had not been done before."

"So you have to get it right."

But it was more than just mental pressure, he was also struggling with his own battles as we found out last week.

Even though Boseman seemed pretty happy and excitable on his socials, fans pointed out that he didn't look well...

The first video to raise the most concern was when the star was celebrating Major League Baseball's "Jackie Robinson Day" with his fans, people flocked to social media platforms to express their concerns. The video has since been deleted from his actual Instagram, but we have the footage.

Lots of people sent him well-wishes...

Like this user.

Others defended his privacy...

Fans helpfully pointed out that Boseman was not a public person when it came to revealing personal details.

But then it all made sense when the announcement was made...

He was going through severe health problems, and that's why his fans were so concerned about his appearance.

Regardless, the late actor has left us with incredible movies to cement his legacy in the industry.

And the director of Black Pather, Ryan Coogler has recently spoken out about how Chadwick influenced one of the most iconic lines in the film.

It seems as though Chadwick was extremely dedicated to the job.

According to EW, the director revealed that while filming a scene with John Kani, who played his father in the film, he learned Kani's native language in a day, which eventually became the official language of Wakanda.

Coogler went into more detail, saying this:

"I thought to myself, ‘He just learned lines in another language, that day?’ I couldn’t conceive how difficult that must have been, and even though I hadn’t met Chad, I was already in awe of his capacity as an actor."

He continued:

"The decision to have Xhosa be the official language of Wakanda was solidified by Chad, a native of South Carolina, because he was able to learn his lines in Xhosa, there on the spot."

He really thought about the fine details of his role, including his accent.

"He advocated for his character to speak with an African accent so that he could present T’Challa to audiences as an African king, whose dialect had not been conquered by the West."

And if we just couldn't love him any more than we already do, he also inspired one of the most iconic lines in the movie.

The line was for Erik Killmonger, who was played by Michael B. Jordan.

Coogler revealed this:

"In early drafts of the script, Eric Killmonger’s character would ask T’Challa to be buried in Wakanda. Chad challenged that and asked, ‘What if Killmonger asked to be buried somewhere else?’"

And after thinking about it, he also agreed so the line was then edited to this iconic one:

“Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, 'cause they knew death was better than bondage."

In his tribute, Coogler then went on to reveal that he also knew nothing about Chadwick's illness.

“Chad deeply valued his privacy, and I wasn’t privy to the details of his illness. After his family released their statement, I realized that he was living with his illness the entire time I knew him," he wrote. "Because he was a caretaker, a leader and a man of faith, dignity, and pride, he shielded his collaborators from his suffering. He lived a beautiful life. And he made great art."

Rest in peace, Chadwick Boseman.

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