After Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, passed away last year, many actors shared a tribute to him. One such person was actor Denzel Washington, who also played a vital role in Boseman’s career. Actually, Denzel payed for Chadwick Boseman’s education at Oxford University. While appearing in an interview recently on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Washington joked about going to the premiere of Black Panther and asking Chadwick for his money back.
When Denzel Washington Joked About Chadwick Boseman
“Phylicia Rashad was helping kids and she called different people. She called me and I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll sponsor whoever,’ and he called to thank me. That’s how I found out it was him. You’re sponsoring this kid, this Chadwick Boseman guy. And I said, ‘Yeah, OK Chad, I want my money back.’ So I went to the premiere for Black Panther here in New York. And I saw Ryan Coogler and Chad. He said, ‘Oh I just wanted to thank you for paying.’ I said, ‘Yeah, that’s why I’m here. I’m not here to see the movie. I like the movie, Black Panther, Wakanda Forever, but where’s my money?,'” Washington joked.
Before his death, Chadwick Boseman got the opportunity to work with Denzel Washington as the veteran actor was a producer on Black Bottom, a film by Ma Rainey on Netflix, which earned him a posthumous nomination for Best Actor at the Academy Awards this year.
Since his death, there have been several tributes to Boseman, which also includes a dedication at the end of a What If…? episode by Marvel Studios, which features the star playing T’Challa for the last time.
“We didn’t know it would be his final performance obviously,” Kevin Feige recently told Variety on the red carpet for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings when asked about Boseman’s role in What If. “He came in numerous times, was so gung ho about it, was so excited about it… He read the episode that airs 24 hours from now and then came back and said, ‘I really love this version of T’Challa.’ And we had a conversation after that with Ryan [Coogler] about ‘How do we get some of this voice,’ none of the storyline, but just some of that voice into Panther 2. Now of course it’s remarkably sad and bittersweet, but I’m very happy we have it and I’m very happy he did it for us. I’m excited for the fans to see that as well.”
Black Panther is streaming on Disney+.