Angela Bassett Sings Praises of 'Black Panther' Director Ryan Coogler

Bassett appeared on the red carpet for the premiere of the Marvel film with her husband and fellow actor, Courtney B. Vance.

Black Panther writer and director Ryan Coogler is not only well-loved by movie audiences, with the movie on track to gross $165 million, but the stars of the film having nothing but praise for the 31-year-old director.

The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Angela Bassett, who plays Queen Ramonda in the Marvel film, and talked what it was like on set with Coogler. “He was just in it every day, along with the actors. We sit, we have rehearsals, we talk about it, of course he wants your input,” she said.

Bassett went on to explain that the director wanted the actors to be involved with the script, saying, “He’s so real. If you say, ‘I’m bumping with this one,’ he’d go and come back, he’ll make sure you’re satisfied, make sure it’s tracking, and we were just all really there, too.”

“We love him, every single person," she concluded. "You won’t find a person on that set that ain’t got marvelous things to say about Mr. Ryan Coogler. He’s the man.”