Monday, February 19, 2018

Chadwick Boseman on the Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine

Following his attendance at the GQ all-star party, Chadwick Boseman was revealed as the cover star of Rolling Stone magazine. On the cover which was shot by Norman Jean Roy, Chadwick is showing off his toned abs wearing a black fur coat and black leather pants. Today I saw 'Black Panther' and it was one of the most well executed movies that I have seen in a long time. The costumes which was done by Ruth Carter, was simply amazing. In the issue, Chadwick talks the accents of the Wakandans in Black Panther, black actor's struggle for good material and so much more. Continue below to read some excepts from his interview. For more on his feature, visit and pick up a copy on newsstand. 

On the world finally having a black superhero:
It's a sea-change moment. I still remember the excitement people had seeing Malcolm X. And this is greater, because it includes other people, too. Everybody comes to see the Marvel movie.

On the film's blackness:
Some [black] actors will say, 'I don't want to play a character just because he's black. And that's great, I'm not saying they're wrong. But that's missing all the richness that's been whitewashed.

On black actor's struggle for good material:
There's a lot of great things happening. If you think about Barry [Jenkins], Ava [DuVernay], Ryan – it's a renaissance of black film. But it's still not enough. It's a numbers thing. If you have 15 shots, I got three. If you have nine chances to mess up, I have one. Each one of us knows that if you mess up, your career is done. I see the intensity. I see how Ryan is. If you have a dud, you'll never work in this town again.

On the accents of the Wakandans in Black Panther:
I felt there was no way in the world I could do the movie without an accent. But I had to convince [the studio] it was something we couldn't be afraid of. My argument was that we train the audience's ear in the first five minutes – give them subtitles, give them whatever they need – and I believe they'll follow it the same way they'll follow an Irish accent or a Cockney accent. We watch movies all the time when this happens. Why all of a sudden is it 'We can't follow it' when it's African?

On what he wants to do next:
There's a plethora of stories in our culture that haven't been told, because Hollywood didn't believe they were viable. It would be cool to see slices of history that you haven't seen with African figures. Like Africans in Europe – the Moors in Spain. Or if you go to Portugal, they have statues of black people all over the place. So not only have we been here but we've directly affected everything that you think is European.

Credit: Rolling Stone 

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