The actress and the actor, who passed away on August 28 from colon cancer, shared a close friendship and the leading role in the film.
Lupita Nyong’o shared an emotional tribute addressed to his co-star and friend of Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, who died on August 28 at age 43 of colon cancer.
Nyong’o posted a photo of herself with Boseman laughing, with the caption “To the beloved Chadwick Boseman. It is the first time that the actress has spoken publicly about the unexpected death of her co-worker.
“I write these words from a place of hopelessness, to honor a man who has always stood out for having great hope. I’m struggling to think and talk about my friend Chadwick Boseman, in the past tense. Has no sense. The news of his passing is a bump on my belly every morning” wrote.
“I am aware that we are all mortal, but you do meet some people in life who possess immortal energy, who seem to have existed before, which is exactly where they are always supposed to be, who seem eternal. Chadwick was one of those people. “
Nyong’o recalled working with Boseman on the 2018 blockbuster, Black Panther, and described that she was “impressed by his silent and powerful presence “. In the superhero adventure of Marvel, Nyong’o played Nakia, the love motive of T’Challa (Boseman).
“He showed up to every rehearsal, training, and shooting day completely focused. He was agile, absorbing. He set the bar very high. He always worked generously, creating an ego-free environment ”.
“His big hands descended on my shoulders and gave them a squeeze that released me from the tensions that I did not realize I was having,” he added. Apparently, Chadwick’s hands were strong enough to support the weight of the film, “and free enough to hold mine when needed.”
“Chadwick was a man who made the most of his time And somehow he managed to take his time too. It had a profound effect on me, “he continued.” I had no influence on him, but there was between us, a higher frequency from which he seemed to operate. You had the feeling that he was fully present and also somehow fully aware of things in the distant future. As a result, I realized that Chadwick never seemed to be in a rush. She controlled her time with extreme ease. “
She praised the positive, “ego-free” vibe he created on set, noting that Boseman did his own stunts and “used his body in every way he could.”
The actress rose to fame in 2013 with her role as Patsey in the film 12 years of slavery, was the winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and the SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress, and she was nominated for a Golden Globe (also in that role).
Nyong’o said that just being around Boseman made her want to be “better, less mean and more determined.” She closed her tribute by offering her condolences to Boseman’s friends, family and her wife, Simone.
“We are all burdened by their work, by their permanent presence in our lives,” she said, moved. “The death of Chadwick is something that I cannot finish assimilating or taking in stride at this moment. Maybe with time I will, but I’m sure it will cost me. And in her honor I promise not to waste my time“.