‘Black Panther’ Chadwick Boseman Covers Rolling Stone

Published: Sunday 18th Feb 2018 by Sam

‘Black Panther’ is fast becoming one of the biggest blockbusters of all-time. And its success is elevating the stars of its colossal cast – including lead Chadwick Boseman.

The 41-year-old actor, who covers the newest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, had up until now been most renown for his roles in Afro-American biopics. Case in point Jackie Robinson (’42’), James Brown (‘Get On Up’), and Thurgood Marshall (‘Marshall’).

With ‘Panther’ though, he’s entered into new terrain. One that has the masses magnetised to his own story.

In his RS feature, he quenches the thirst of curiosity surrounding his rise, playing the superhero, and more.

Check out quotes and pics below…

On the world finally has its first African superhero movie:

“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 ensuring Wakandans had African accents in ‘Black Panther’:

“I had to push for that. 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,” he adds. “Why all of a sudden is it ‘We can’t follow it’ when it’s African?”

On combatting his nervousness for the greater good:

“Going on a talk show? Oh, my God. Nah.

[That said] I truly believe there’s a truth that needs to enter the world at a particular time. And that’s why people are excited about Panther. This is the time.”

On Phylicia Rashad becoming his mentor after taking her acting class at Howard University: 

“She would do a play in D.C. and you’d go see it, and she’d drive you home and talk to you. ‘How you eating? You look too skinny. You need a pork chop.’ We were just trying to aspire to her excellence.”

On embracing the sheer scale of the ‘Black Panther’ production (and the necessity for it when lined up with other Marvel movies:

“The money and manpower it takes to create this entire African world – it’s a huge production. But this is not Star Wars – this is a black superhero movie!”

What would it mean if it didn’t happen? You’d be saying there’s a second class of Marvel movies. A second-class citizenship.”

Needless to say, with the huge box-office returns for ‘Black Panther,’ Boseman and all involved have shown their first-class worth.

Here’s hoping Hollywood, and the world more broadly, respond to this by finally giving ethnically diverse stories and stars the first-class push deserved. Because, as ‘Black Panther’ more than proves, the returns are fruitful – critically and commercially.

Your thoughts?

[Photo credit: Norman Jean Roy / Rolling Stone]

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  1. RealNegro February 18, 2018

    No way this man is 41! Man oh man………

  2. Ispeakfacts February 18, 2018

    Can’t believe he is 41! Definitely can’t wait to see him in the next BP film… didnt feel like Black Panther movie really showed how well he can act! But overall the movie was so amazing!

  3. Just_blaze February 18, 2018

    Ok i see you handsome.

  4. Tim Brown February 18, 2018

    South Carolina stand up!!

  5. Belladonna February 19, 2018

    This Cover is so beautiful it took my breath away. The greatest movie of all time! It’s what I have wanted all my life from a movie. Hopefully they explore Wakands Lgbt storylines in the next movie & show black in all its forms & I know they will because the director Ryan is boss.

    • JOHNVIDAL February 19, 2018

      Best movie of all time a simple Marvel flick? LMAO

    • Keith February 19, 2018

      It is interesting to see the conversation popping up about LGBT inclusion in Wakanda. We will see who’s listening. Ive seen the movie twice, though!!!!

  6. Oliver February 19, 2018

    That bulge though

  7. Attack _It_From_The_Back_Miss_KittyKat February 19, 2018

    No LGBT in BP pls! I can’t wait to see this movie! !

    • Keith February 19, 2018

      What would that hurt or compromise to see LGBT characters in Wakanda? If they are leading the way on how treat their people, avoid conflict and advance their culture why wouldnt they demonstrate how to integrate LGBT lives? That only seems to make sense…people CAN have intersecting identities.

  8. JOHNVIDAL February 19, 2018

    Wow stunning cover. So hot.

  9. China February 19, 2018

    The movie was beautifully filmed, the Female leads were the STARS. I was surprised but they Stole the show. Michael B Jordan was a WEAK villian, the man just cant act. The film is still a 10 out of 10. Most beautifully filmed movie ever.

    • tikklzzz February 19, 2018

      That’s strange because most critics have rated his acting as the best they have seen from him in a while.

    • Meme February 19, 2018

      Michael def did his thing. He’s not my cup of tea normally but I left feeling he almost outshine Chad. And I agree, all 4 females made the film.

    • Keith February 19, 2018

      Funny that ALL the critics are saying he was the best viliian in anlong time – believable and real….

      • JOHNVIDAL February 19, 2018

        Yes critics have said he is the best Marvel villain (that´s not saying a lot though lol).

  10. Red11 February 19, 2018

    A crown of thorns??? Really?? Must everything Hollywood does mock Jesus? Ugh….smdh

  11. Barbara ‘Hunnychile’ Perez February 19, 2018

    He’s packin’ and I’m thirsty 🙂

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