‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler recalls the final call with Chadwick Boseman

Two years after the death of Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler looks back on his last conversation with the late beloved actor.

Bosman, who starred in the popular 2018 Marvel movie T’Challa/Black Panther, died in August 2020 at the age of 43 after a four-year battle with Colon Cancer.

My last conversation with him was to call to ask him if he wanted to read [the script] Before I get feedback from the studio, he said during the first episode of the official Marvel movie podcast titled,Wakanda foreverwhich aired on Thursday.

This was the last time we spoke. It’s been maybe two weeks after I finished,” he continued, referring to the script for the film’s sequel, “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” ”

Coogler recalled that the Emmy winner looked “tired” during their phone conversation.

“I can tell he was lying down when we were talking,” he said, adding that Bosman’s wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, was also present during their call. “Simon was fired because he told her he didn’t want her not to hear something that could get him into trouble with his NDA, and she didn’t want to leave, so I can tell something happened.”

Although the script for the sequel had been completed before the actor died, Boseman declined Coogler’s offer to give him a glimpse, telling him over the phone that he “didn’t want to get in the way of it.” [Marvel] It may be the studio. ”

However, Coogler revealed, “I later found out he was too tired to read anything.”

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Coogler added that at the time, Boseman was planning his wedding to Ledward and said the Marvel star “asked about my baby” because he missed the baby shower.

The director then explained the details of his devastation when he learned of Boseman’s death weeks later. “I was in my house,” he recalls. “I got a call from my manager Charles King.”

“He called me and told me, and I didn’t want to believe it, so I called Denzel, I talked to him, and we thought it might be a rumor, so I texted Chad, I was in denial,” Coogler explained. , referring to Denzel Washington, who was a producer on “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Boseman’s last movie.

“Everything in Chad was unique,” Coogler added. “How he lived and how he died was unique.”

Apart from playing the Marvel superhero, Boseman is also known for his roles in films such as “42”, “Get on Up”, “Da 5 Bloods” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, which he received posthumously. Oscar nomination.

During Interview with The Hollywood Reporter Last year, director Coogler opened work on the much-anticipated follow-up Without Boseman.

“It’s tough,” Coogler said at the time. “You have to keep going when you lose your loved ones. I know Chad didn’t want us to stop.”

Rather than recast the titular Boseman, the film’s authors, Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, decided to include T’Challa’s death in Sequel plot.

The upcoming movie will see the nation of Wakanda mourn the loss of its leader T’Challa as a new hero takes on the mantle of the superhero.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to hit the big screen on November 11.


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