As tributes from Chadwick Boseman’s Hollywood colleagues continue to pour in, Ryan Coogler has issued a lengthy, powerful statement about his death. Coogler’s statement indicates that he was unaware of Boseman’s diagnosis when Black Panther was filmed, but learned later on.
Coogler’s statement reads in part, “I haven’t grieved a loss this acute before. I spent the last year preparing, imagining and writing words for him to say, that we weren’t destined to see. It leaves me broken knowing that I won’t be able to watch another close-up of him in the monitor again or walk up to him and ask for another take. It hurts more to know that we can’t have another conversation, or facetime, or text message exchange. He would send vegetarian recipes and eating regimens for my family and me to follow during the pandemic. He would check in on me and my loved ones, even as he dealt with the scourge of cancer. I had no doubt that he would live on and continue to bless us with more. But it is with a heavy heart and a sense of deep gratitude to have ever been in his presence, that I have to reckon with the fact that Chad is an ancestor now. And I know that he will watch over us, until we meet again.”
You can read Coogler’s tribute, which was sent to media outlets, in the original article from Shadow And Act.
Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, died of cancer on August 29. He was 43.
Boseman died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side. The Black Panther actor was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in the statement.The news comes as a shock for Boseman’s friends and fans.
Idris Elba Pretended to Be American to Get His Role on ‘The Wire’
Watch the Complex.com video starting at 16:16: https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2019/08/idris-elba-the-wire-pretended-to-be-american-first-we-feast-interview
Complex.com host Sean Evans asked Idris Elba, a black British actor, playing the iconic Stringer Bell on the acclaimed series The Wire, if it was true that series creator David Simon was unaware of his English accent. Elba admits that it’s true, but goes a step further in explaining why Simon didn’t know about his accent in the first place, saying that because Simon told Wire casting director that this series was set in Baltimore, he didn’t want non-American actors cast.
“Alexa Fogel was a casting director that was really into seeing new talent,” Elba says. “She said ‘I love you, I gotta bring you into this audition, but you have to promise that you can’t tell him you’re from East London.'” Fogel apparently told Elba—who was living in Brooklyn at the time—that he had to come in and just speak in an American accent.
Elba explains that when the fourth audition came around, they “changed the tactic” on him, asking him about his life and growing up. “My parents told me not to lie—you gotta look someone in the eye and be honest,” Elba admits. That’s when he had to spill the beans and admit that he was from East London. “Don’t fire Alexa, she told me not to tell you guys,” Elba says he admitted. West shouted “I knew it” and David ended up giving him the job, but instead of giving him the role of Avon Barksdale, he gave Elba the role of Stringer Bell.
Is this a perfect example of how Hollywood casting directors like Alexa Fogel deliberately pushing black British actors over African-American actors?