Lupita Nyong’o Writes A Very Touching Tribute To Her Late Friend Chadwick Boseman
Back on Friday, August 28, it was confirmed that ‘Black Panther’ actor Chadwick Boseman died after a four year battle with colon cancer. The news was a shock to many, even to some of his co-stars, as he kept his diagnosis a secret for years.
Several celebrities have jumped on their social media accounts to pay tribute to the 43-year-old, including ‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler, and Michael B. Jordan.
Now, another ‘Black Panther’ co-star is speaking out. The lovely Lupita Nyong’o took to social media early Tuesday morning to write about how big of an impact Boseman had on her life.
She admits that she didn’t know him for long, but it didn’t take long for Boseman to improve your outlook on life…
When we came together to make Black Panther, I remember being struck by his quiet, powerful presence. He had no airs about him, but there was a higher frequency that he seemed to operate from. You got the sense that he was fully present and also somehow fully aware of things in the distant future. As a result, I noticed that Chadwick never seemed rushed! He commanded his time with ease…and he put in the work with all of us.
He showed up to every rehearsal and training and shoot day with his game face on. He was absorbent. Agile. He set the bar high by working with a generosity of spirit, creating an ego-free environment by sheer example, and he always had a warm gaze and warm strong embrace to share. His large hands would descend on my shoulders and give them a squeeze that relieved me of the tensions I did not realize I was holding.
Lupita says she never heard Boseman complain on set. Even though he was battling cancer and likely going through rounds of chemo, he would always put everything he had in his work.
I think he understood the power of words and chose to manifest power through his word. He used his mouth to build, to edify, never to break. And he used it to tell some regrettably lame dad jokes. He practiced not going against himself. He seemed to really love himself; he expressed who he really was, even when it meant he didn’t smile when you thought he should. He accepted himself. And perhaps that’s why he was capable of loving so many, so deeply.
Again, by all accounts, Boseman was an incredible dude. Obviously no one likes to talk ill about the dead, but with Boseman, you can tell these people really mean what they’re saying. There was something different about Boseman, and maybe it had something to do with the fact that he knew he was dying.
When you deal with something as serious and heartbreaking as cancer, all the little sh*t people complain about every single day, is probably nothing to you. I’m assuming you start to realize what really matters real fast.
Boseman’s time on Earth was cut short, but he made the most of the time he did have.