Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther’s Lead Actor is on the Latest Issue of Rolling Stone Magazine

Actor Chadwick Boseman, 41, who is the lead actor in the Black Panther movie, covers the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

In a chat with the magazine, he opened up on his recent movie role, owning his blackness, playing the superhero, and more.

Speaking on the movie production, he said: The money and manpower it takes to create this entire African world – it’s a huge production,” says Boseman. “But this is not Star Wars – this is a black superhero movie!” On one hand, he still can’t believe it’s happening. But on the other hand – why shouldn’t it happen? Moreover, says Boseman, “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.”

Speaking on owning his blackness, he said: The film’s blackness is inseparable from its appeal. “Some [black] actors will say, ‘I don’t want to play a character just because he’s black,’ ” he says. “And that’s great, I’m not saying they’re wrong. But that’s missing all the richness that’s been whitewashed.”

“There’s a lot of great things happening,” Boseman allows. “If you think about Barry [Jenkins], Ava [DuVernay], Ryan – it’s a renaissance of black film. But it’s still not enough. It’s a numbers thing. If you have 15 shots, I got three. If you have nine chances to mess up, I have one. Each one of us knows that if you mess up, your career is done. I see the intensity. I see how Ryan is. If you have a dud, you’ll never work in this town again.”

He laughs. “Correct me if I’m wrong!”

Credit: Rolling Stone

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