Chadwick Boseman: ‘I’ve noticed change in Hollywood since Black Panther’

Chadwick Boseman has noticed a change in Hollywood since the release of Black Panther in early 2018.The actor starred in the title role in the Marvel superhero movie – an instant classic that broke box office records and cultural ground thanks to its d…

Chadwick Boseman has noticed a change in Hollywood since the release of Black Panther in early 2018.

The actor starred in the title role in the Marvel superhero movie – an instant classic that broke box office records and cultural ground thanks to its diverse cast and storyline.

As for the lasting effect of the film on the movie industry, Chadwick told Britain’s Esquire magazine that he has seen a shift in the business.

“I’ve noticed change. I’ve seen a willingness of production companies and studios to castings in a way that they wouldn’t normally do,” he said. “You can’t make certain statements about a black lead, or a black cast, or having a certain number of people of colour – it’s not just black actors – anymore. In fact, it’s been proven that audiences want to see difference. They want to see variety and a world that reflects them whether it be race, gender, or sexuality. They want to see those things, so I think people are looking for opportunities in storytelling now.”

While the release of Black Panther has also positively affected the “business of distribution”, Chadwick noted that there’s still a long way to go.

“At the same time, I can’t say that everything has changed,” the 41-year-old continued. “The business is finding itself, and finding its value, so it’s still in the balance. I’ll also say that I’m in a unique position where I get to see the front and back of those things. There are a lot of people that haven’t broken through yet, and who are still trying to find their way and trying to get through certain prejudices. I have to acknowledge that, but they have more opportunities to do it.”

Now, film bosses are busy working on a sequel to the film, but there’s little Chadwick can reveal about the hotly anticipated Black Panther 2.

“The only thing I can say is that, for people who are hungry, the food is being prepared. I’m sorry I can’t say more!” he grinned.

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Chadwick Boseman had no interest in acting growing up

Chadwick Boseman never wanted to become an actor. The Black Panther star has received rave reviews for playing icons, including late baseball player Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, but he reveals he is m…

Chadwick Boseman never wanted to become an actor.

The Black Panther star has received rave reviews for playing icons, including late baseball player Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, but he reveals he is much more interested in a career behind the camera.

“I was more so of the mind of the director and the writer,” he tells Esquire magazine. “I didn’t want to be onstage and I didn’t want to be on camera. Not at all.

“My older brother, he’s a dancer… I grew up watching him take dance classes; he was also in plays. I would sit in the audience with my mom… I was sitting, watching the director, and I was more interested in what he was doing than the performance onstage.

“I didn’t know that was an interest of mine; it didn’t register that it was something I wanted to do. I just enjoyed the process.”

Chadwick wrote and directed a play in high school and it further sparked his interest in becoming a director.

“At that age, in my opinion, you don’t even know what a play is,” he adds. “You’re copying without full knowledge of how it works, (but) after a certain point, it came into my head, ‘Oh, you actually love this. There’s something about that process of creating something that you love’.

“It took me being at Howard (University) and having a directing advisor and teacher who didn’t believe that you could learn how to be a director without learning how an actor thinks and works and how to talk to them,” he continues. “I became an actor because I was just trying to learn the whole process.”

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