Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman made for a legendary hero-villain duo in Black Panther, but it seems their careers were intertwined long before the flick.
The tragic news came in over the weekend that Chadwick Boseman had 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.
via: IMDBBoth on-screen and off-screen, his career was truly remarkable.
He starred in many films and TV shows...
But his career was only just starting to take off.
However his most famous role...
via: IMDBIs of course as the main role in Black Panther as T'Challa / Black Panther.
Boseman played Black Panther in 4 films...
via: IMDBIncluding 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.
And even outside of the storyline, this movie broke barriers.
In the past, we struggled to see such overwhelming representation.
via: IMDBThe 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.
And one of the main reasons for this was the cast members...
But the star of the show was none other than Chadwick Boseman...The Guardian described him as a man who helped to "[open] up people's minds."
He was one of a kind...
via: GettyAnd 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.
Thousands were worried for Boseman, but few knew the reality.
i really hope chadwick boseman is ok, i saw he looked really thin during all star weekend. very wonderful thing he… https://t.co/sDecT8egiQ— nigpolyta (@nigpolyta)1587065408.0
Fans thought the weight loss was just preparation for an upcoming role...
Unfortunately, that wasn’t at all the case and the reality was much grimmer.
via: GettyConfirming 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."
The statement concluded:
Countless fans and celebrities have been paying tribute to the great man.
The Avengers cast also paid a huge tribute to Boseman.
I’m absolutely devastated. This is beyond heartbreaking. Chadwick was special. A true original. He was a deeply c… https://t.co/4dCDZwZprh— Chris Evans (@Chris Evans)1598671863.0
Mark Ruffalo, who played Hulk in the Avengers series, paid a long tribute to Boseman.
@chadwickboseman It was the highest honor getting to work with you and getting to know you. What a generous and sin… https://t.co/4zgoaVllMK— Mark Ruffalo (@Mark Ruffalo)1598670616.0
via: Getty ImagesMore revelations about his incredible career are coming to light.
In Black Panther, Boseman starred alongside Michael B. Jordan.
via: Getty ImagesBut, their careers had actually been intertwined long before.
Since 2003, to be exact...
via: Getty ImagesFollowing his breakout role on the first season of The Wire a then sixteen-year-old Jordan joined the cast of the ABC soap opera All My Children as Reggie Porter- a young gang member who was adopted by Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) and her husband.
Jordan actually took over the role from Boseman.
via: imdbWho played the character for a week.
But there was a big reason why Boseman dropped the role.
via: Getty ImagesThe star opened up about it during a joint interview with Jordan for an edition of The Wrap’s awards season magazine in 2019.
Boseman had some issues with the way the character was written using racial stereotypes.
via: Getty Images“It’s one of those things where you get a role, and you don’t really know," Boseman explained. "When I got it, I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s gonna happen — you don’t know where they’re gonna take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going."
via: Getty Images"And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen."
This was a huge decision for Boseman, considering it was his first credited role.
via: Getty Images“I remember going home and thinking, ‘Do I say something to them about this? Do I just do it?’ And I couldn’t just do it," he revealed. “I had to voice my opinions and put my stamp on it. And the good thing about it was, it changed it a little bit for [Jordan]. They said, ‘You are too much trouble,’ but they took my suggestions, or some of them. And for me, honestly, that’s what this is about."
Jordan then replaced Boseman as Reggie in the hit series.
via: Getty ImagesAnd ended up going on to play the character for 3 years.
Jordan had no idea about any of this at the time.
via: Getty Images“It’s hard to speak in the moment about how things we do can affect other people. But this is a pure example, right here on the spot — we ain’t never talked about this before a day in our lives — to understand how what people do now can directly affect what other people do in the future," Jordan explained.
via: Getty Images“And the work that we’re doing on Black Panther is hopefully doing the same thing for the next group of actors that are coming up, just like our predecessors opened up doors and made things easier for us."
Boseman truly was an incredible man.
via: Getty ImagesRest in Peace, Chadwick. Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.