Lupita Nyong’o shares a touching tribute to Chadwick Boseman on social media, saying the Black Panther star always made the most of his time.
Lupita Nyong’o mourns her late Black Panther co-star Chadwick Boseman in a beautiful tribute on Twitter. The 43-year-old actor had been silently battling colon cancer for four years before he passed away in August. A number of tributes have poured in from friends and fans of Boseman, grieving the actor’s passing while celebrating his life and accomplished career.
Many of Boseman’s fans and colleagues were shocked by his ability to perform in so many movies while battling stage three colon cancer, which eventually progressed to stage four. Boseman was praised for his impactful performances as Black icons like Jackie Robinson and James Brown before bringing King T’Challa/Black Panther to life in Captain America: Civil War. Boseman played T’Challa in four MCU movies before his passing, including his 2018 solo film Black Panther. The chemistry between T’Challa and his love interest Nakia (Nyong’o) in the film made them a fan-favorite MCU couple. Now Nyong’o is remembering her friend and co-star.
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On Twitter, Nyong’o shared a touching tribute honoring and mourning the loss of Boseman, saying that she is still struggling to make sense of his death. “I write these words from a place of hopelessness, to honor a man who had great hope,” Nyong’o wrote. “I am struggling to think and speak about my friend, Chadwick Boseman, in the past tense. It doesn’t make sense. The news of his passing is a punch to my gut every morning.” The Oscar-winning actress added that while she didn’t know him for long, he was a significant influence on her life. “Chadwick was a man who made the most of his time, and somehow also managed to take his time. I didn’t know him for long, but he had a profound effect on me in the time that I did. When we came together to make Black Panther, I remember being struck by his quiet, powerful presence.”
Nyong’o also remembered Boseman’s time on the set of Black Panther, writing, “He showed up to every rehearsal and training and shoot day with his game face on. He was absorbent. Agile. He set the bar high by working with a generosity of spirit, creating an ego-free environment by sheer example, and he always had a warm gaze and a strong embrace to share.” Nyong’o continued that “it seems that it was life that gave up on Chadwick before Chadwick gave up on life.” Nyong’o also offered her condolences to his friends, family, and wife, while reminding people to take their time but not waste their time.
While this is Nyong’o’s first time speaking publicly about Boseman’s death, she is one of his many co-stars who have honored him in social media posts. Michael B. Jordan, who played Killmonger in Black Panther, recently shared his thoughts on the actor’s passing, discussing the legacy Boseman left behind and remembering how Boseman paved the way for his career, calling him his big brother. Angela Bassett, who played Boseman’s mother in the superhero film, recalled a particular moment in which Boseman reminded her they had previously met before working together when he was the student assigned to escort her as she received her honorary degree from Howard University, his alma mater. Letitia Wright, who played his sister Shuri, shared an emotional self-narrated video tribute to honor her on-screen brother.
After hearing from so many of Boseman’s friends and colleagues, it’s clear the actor was incredibly dedicated to his work and made a big impact on his community. Nyongo’s powerful tribute and memories from the set of Black Panther showed that while T’Challa may have been a fictional character, Boseman lived his life as a real-life hero. As Nyong’o said, Boseman made the most of his time by being present and inspiring others.
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