Chadwick Boseman was an American actor. He started his film career portraying former football player Floyd Little in the 2008 sports film The Express: The Ernie Davis Story. He ultimately gained attention for his work in other biographical films, portraying former baseball player Jackie Robinson in 42 and singer James Brown in Get on Up.
His major breakthrough on the big screen came after landing the role of T’Challa or the Black Panther, which he first played in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. He next portrayed civil rights activist Thurgood Marshall in the biographical film Marshall. Boseman achieved further global success with the release of Black Panther in 2018. It became the first superhero film to receive a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards.
Boseman’s passion as an artist was not limited to acting. He was also a creator whose vision was manifested in films such as Message from the King, Marshall, and 21 Bridges, movies of which he also served as a producer. It was recently revealed that he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. Deciding to keep his diagnosis private, he continued working on films while receiving treatment.
After a five-year battle with cancer, the actor passed away on August 28, 2020. In between surgeries and chemotherapies, Boseman filmed nine movies, which include Black Panther, Da 5 Bloods, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. On-screen, he was a superhero who emanated strength, valor, and grace – the very same qualities he lived on in real life despite the hardships he had endured.
Here are Chadwick Boseman quotes to honor the late actor’s memory.
I’m an artist. Artists don’t need permission to work. Regardless of whether I’m acting or not, I write. I write when I’m tired in fact, because I believe your most pure thoughts surface. – Chadwick Boseman
When you’re doing a character, you want to know the full landscape. You want to know them spiritually, mentally and physically. – Chadwick Boseman
The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose. – Chadwick Boseman
Every year, Hollywood is looking for that new, white leading man and new white starlet that audiences fall in love with. But they’re not looking for the next Denzel Washington, Will Smith or Sidney Poitier. – Chadwick Boseman
I think you realize how much you need to have people that you love. It’s not as much about them loving you – it’s about you needing to love people. – Chadwick Boseman
I got scars from every film I’ve done, every TV show. – Chadwick Boseman
Your very existence is wrapped up in the things you are here to fulfill. – Chadwick Boseman
The only difference between a hero and the villain is that the villain chooses to use that power in a way that is selfish and hurts other people. – Chadwick Boseman
When it comes down to it, I’d rather have an action figure than a Golden Globe. – Chadwick Boseman
The best advice about getting older? Just be thankful you’re not dead! – Chadwick Boseman
The number one rule of acting is, ‘do not seek approval from the audience’. People don’t realise that. You can’t do stuff to get applause. You have to live in the truth.– Chadwick Boseman
I don’t know what your future is, but if you are willing to take the harder way, the more complicated one, the one with more failures at first than successes, the one that’s ultimately proven to have more victory, more glory, then you will not regret it. This is your time. – Chadwick Boseman
Purpose crosses disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history. – Chadwick Boseman
You might have one thing in your head, but the things you’re doing don’t really lead down the right road, necessarily. When you’re young, you don’t want to hear that. You think you can do everything, be all things. – Chadwick Boseman
You have to cherish things in a different way when you know the clock is ticking, you are under pressure. – Chadwick Boseman
Colonialism is the cousin of slavery. Colonialism in Africa would have it that, in order to be a ruler, his education comes from Europe. I wanted to be completely sure that we didn’t convey that idea because that would be counter to everything that Wakanda is about.– Chadwick Boseman
Some of my best writing came when I was poor and hungry – living off water and oatmeal, mind clear. – Chadwick Boseman
Sometimes you need to get knocked down before you can really figure out what your fight is and how you need to fight it. – Chadwick Boseman
People of African descent, most of us grew up accepting and loving Spider-Man. I still love Spider-Man. I still love the Incredible Hulk. I still have those characters that were white role models, superheroes, heroes – whatever you want to call it. You basically had no choice but to accept those. – Chadwick Boseman
I said yes too much. I said yes to certain projects that weren’t for me. It was somebody else’s vision and somebody else’s dream and somebody else’s artistic endeavour, but it didn’t necessarily fit in my grand scheme. – Chadwick Boseman
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