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"You're not free unless you can show the good and the bad, all sides of them. So to me, when I play a character, it's important that I can show every aspect of them."

Chadwick Aaron Boseman (November 29, 1976 – August 28, 2020) was an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and playwright born in Anderson, South Carolina.

After numerous small roles in TV series in the 2000s, he rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 2010s through roles including Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get On Up and T'Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, debuting in Captain America: Civil War. For his final performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, he was posthumously nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

He passed away on August 28, 2020 at the age of 43 due to complications from stage IV colon cancer. He had battled the illness for four years, and it was not publicly revealed until after his death. His death was a massive shock to the entire world, as many fans, as well as his co-workers, grieved his sudden demise.

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  • Assumed Win: At the 2021 Academy Awards, it was widely accepted Boseman would become the third man to win a posthumous Oscar. His turn in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom had already earned him the Golden Globe, Critic's Choice Award, and Screen Actors Guild award and most took his Oscar win as a given. That included the Oscar producers who, bucking decades of tradition, scheduled Best Actor as the last award of the evening to close it out with Boseman's widow accepting on his behalf. Instead, in a stunning upset, Anthony Hopkins (who wasn't even in attendance) won for The Father. This led to some backlash against the Oscars over the anticlimactic scheduling; Hopkins himself paid tribute to Boseman in a recorded acceptance speech on social media.
  • Determinator: He had a tendency to portray men who had to overcome great obstacles in their life: Jackie Robinson, Thurgood Marshall, James Brown, and T'Challa. Also a real-life example, as he persevered through his work with a diagnosis of colorectal cancer 4 years prior to his passing.
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  • Method Acting: While working as T'Challa, he never dropped the character's accent, due to worrying that he couldn't keep it consistent otherwise.
  • Typecasting: He played a lot of historical figures who were usually pivotal to African-American representation — Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player to play in the major league; James Brown, the first African American musician to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; and Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Judge in the Supreme Court of the United States. He also had a lead role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, about one of the earliest African-American professional blues singers to record. And there's of course Black Panther, the first superhero of African origin, and whose solo film was the first one in the MCU with a black lead.


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Chadwick Boseman as Drax

Before he was Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman auditioned for the role of Drax in GOTG.

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