Denzel Washington Secretly Paid for Chadwick Boseman to Study Acting at Oxford | 22 Words

Following the heartbreaking loss of Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, tributes have been flooding in from all around the world.

And now, it has just emerged that Hollywood legend, Denzel Washington secretly paid for Boseman to study at a prestigious acting school at Oxford University...

The tragic news came in over the weekend that Chadwick Boseman has passed away.

The heartbreaking news of Chadwick Boseman's death was unveiled by his family as they posted on his many social media channels on August 28th.

A statement was released confirming his passing.

The statement read, "It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman." It also explained that the actor had been battling colon cancer for 4 years since his diagnosis in 2016.

Boseman was a true icon.

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Both on-screen and off-screen, his career was truly remarkable.

He starred in many films and TV shows...

And in a serious variety of genres. From playing James Brown in the biopic Get On Up, to the ancient Egyptian deity Thoth in Gods of Egypt.

But his career was only just starting to take off.

Most recently, Boseman starred in 21 Bridges (2019) alongside Sienna Miller and Spike Lee’s Netflix film, Da 5 Bloods (2020).

However, his most famous role?

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Of course, it was as the main role in Black Panther as T'Challa / Black Panther.

Boseman played Black Panther in 4 films...

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Including in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and was a huge inspiration and superhero for children and adults far and wide.

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 purely because we'd never seen anything quite like it 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 struggled to see such overwhelming representation.

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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...

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

He was one of a kind...

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And fans loved his optimism and eagerness to change the standards of Hollywood.

But sadly, in more recent times, fans began talking about how Boseman looked unwell.

As the star was celebrating Major League Baseball's Jackie Robinson Day with his fans, people flocked to social media platforms to express their concerns.

Thousands were worried for Boseman, but few knew the reality.

This user followed up this tweet writing, "...He looks emaciated."

Fans thought the weight loss was just preparation for an upcoming role...

With many pointing that although Boseman wasnset to star in the upcoming Black Panther movie in 2022, he was also preparing for other roles in between.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t at all the case and the reality was much grimmer.

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Confirming his passing on August 28th, a statement written by his family read: "A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much."

They continued:

"From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more – all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther."

The statement concluded:

"He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣ The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time."

Countless fans and celebrities have been paying tribute to the great man.

Fellow Black Panther star, Angela Bassett spoke of how inspiring Boseman was: "This young man's dedication was awe-inspiring, his smile contagious, his talent unreal... All you possessed, Chadwick, you freely gave. Rest now, sweet prince."

The Avengers cast also paid a huge tribute to Boseman.

Chris Evans wrote on Twitter: "I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking. Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply committed and constantly curious artist. He had so much amazing work still left to create. I’m endlessly grateful for our friendship. Rest in power, King."

Mark Ruffalo, who played Hulk in the Avengers series, paid a long tribute to Boseman.

He wrote: "All I have to say is the tragedies amassing this year have only been made more profound by the loss of #ChadwickBoseman. What a man, and what an immense talent. Brother, you were one of the all time greats and your greatness was only beginning. Lord love ya. Rest in power, King."

And now, Denzel Washington has spoken out...

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But he disclosed a lot more than just a tribute for the late actor.

The Training Day star spoke candidly to the Hollywood Reporter about his relationship with Boseman.

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"He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist, who will stay with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his short yet illustrious career," he said.

Following this candid talk, an old story reemerged of Washington's kindness.

It goes back to Boseman's college days, when he attended a prestigious summer acting program at Oxford University in the UK.
But while he and friends were accepted onto the course, Boseman revealed in an interview with Jimmy Fallon that they couldn't afford to go.

It was only when his teacher, Phylicia Rashad, encouraged other actors to help fund the trip that he and his classmates were able to attend...

And it turns out that Denzel Washington was one of those actors who secretly supported Boseman and his classmates.

For some time, Boseman refused to reveal the names of the people who supported the trip...

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But it was only at an American Film Institute dinner honoring Washington when was able to thank him. Boseman said: "I know personally that your generosity extends past what you have given on the stage and screen. Many of you already know the story that Mr. Washington, when asked by Phylicia Rashad to join her in assisting nine theater students from Howard University who had been accepted to a summer acting program at the British Academy of Dramatic Acting in Oxford."

"He gracefully and privately agreed to contribute. As fate would have it, I was one of the students that he paid for."

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Boseman then said: "There is no Black Panther without Denzel Washington."

What an amazing act of kindness!

Rest in Peace, Chadwick. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.