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