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“Afterwards, Chadwick just started to sob,” The Emotional Moment On The Set of Chadwick Boseman’s Final Film

today9 December 2020


Fans of the late Chadwick Boseman – best known for his role as ‘Black Panther’/’King T’Challa’ – will soon know him as the ambitious trumpeter ‘Levee’ in ‘ Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ (the last film he worked on before his passing). The director for the movie, Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, promises that the late star’s role will be an emotional one to watch with Wolfe revealing that months before his passing, one particular scene of Boseman’s was hard for the actor to get through.


In an interview with the WSJ. Magazine, Wolfe highlighted a one-take scene where Boseman’s character ‘Levee’ belittles Colman Domingo’s ‘Cutler’ for being a man of faith.



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Wolfe revealed:


“We were doing it in a very casual way, and I assumed that when Levee got to the big speech that Chadwick was going to stop. But he didn’t stop. He kept going, and Levee took over—it was raw and explosive. Afterwards, Chadwick just started to sob, and Colman hugged him, and then Chadwick’s girlfriend [now wife] basically picked him up.”


Wolfe went on to say that Boseman would often be in his own head:

“I could tell with Chad sometimes, he had something on his mind. He’d walk into a room and he wouldn’t speak to anyone.”


The movie ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ takes place in 1927’s Chicago and explores the racial tension that laced the music world. It has been based on August Wilson’s 1982 play about the ‘Mother of Blues’ (played by Viola Davis) and her experience with white management at the time.



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The late actor passed after a silent, four year battle with cancer. His legacy has since been one for the ages, so much so that during the first-ever MTV ‘Movie & TV Awards: Greatest of All Time’ show, Boseman was honoured with the title of ‘Hero for the Ages’. To celebrate him, fellow Marvel costars Don Cheadle and Robert Downey Jr. spoke about their late friend, with RDJ sharing,


“The second you first saw him on screen or had the opportunity to meet him in person, his energy and intensity was undeniable. There was something different and special about Chadwick Boseman.”



Cheadle added,


“The way he lived his life united people behind a higher purpose, and that will be his legacy.”


‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ will be available on Netflix from December 18th onwards.


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Written by: Marissa Anne

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