Lupita Nyong’o paid her a touching tribute Black Panther Co-star Chadwick Boseman.
In a message posted on Twitter on Tuesday (Sept. 8), the actress spoke about Boseman and the impact he has had on her life in the short time they have known each other.
“I am writing these words from a place of despair to honor a man who had great hope,” she began. “I struggle to think and talk about my friend Chadwick Boseman in the past tense. It doesn’t make sense.”
Describing the news of his death as a “slap in the stomach every morning”
The couple worked together Black Panther in 2018, and Lupita said that although she didn’t know each other for long, he “had a profound influence on me” during the time they had together.
Lupita described Boseman on set and continued, “When we got together to do Black PantherI remember being impressed by his calm, powerful presence.
“He had no air around him, but there was a higher frequency from which he seemed to be operating. It felt like he was fully present and 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’s started working with all of us.”
Lupita also praised Boseman for the support he showed her, writing, “His large hands would drop on my shoulders and squeeze them, relieving me of the tensions I didn’t know I was holding.
“Chadwick’s hands were strong enough to support the weight of the film and free enough to hold mine when I needed them.”
Lupita went on as Boseman “used his body in every possible way.” “He’s done his own stunts, drummed at his own parties, danced away many nights, mastered martial arts … the list goes on.
“He loved, honored, and respected this body and did more with it than most. He took the risk of being alive, completely alive. So it seems that it was life that Chadwick gave up long before Chadwick gave up life … “
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She also said Boseman inspired her to “be better, less fussy, more purposeful,” adding, “He was driven by love, not fear. He moved quietly, deliberately, and without himself or his ideals to others to impose.
“And yet he made damn sure that his life meant something. He cared so much about humanity, about black people, about his people.
“He activated our pride by asserting himself in the films he chose and working with such high aim. Chadwick made the infinite his home.”
Lupita concluded by saying that Boseman’s power “lives on and will resonate for generations to come,” adding, “He used his life force to tell meaningful stories. And now we are telling his …”
Boseman tragically died at home on August 28 after a four year battle with colon cancer.
After his death, honors have been received from Hollywood and beyond. Last week, Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler published a touching tribute to Boseman, saying that he did not know the details of the actor’s illness while working.
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