Chadwick Boseman Talks Searching for His "Real Culture" for 'Black Panther'
"We want to make a superhero movie, but that’s not the most important thing here,” he told the Actors Roundtable.
For Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, searching for what his "real culture" is was the toughest part of taking on the role in Ryan Coogler's record-breaking film.
“To say that I know so much about my past, I know so much about my history, which as an African-American, I’ve searched for that my entire life — but to be a person that didn’t have to search for it, it was given to me,” he told the Actors Roundtable.
Continued Boseman: “There is a certain patriotism to something that has never been lost — it’s ancient. And being able to hold on to that, it was something that, throughout the movie, I was like, ‘Wow, the weight of that is something I have to convey to the world.’”
The actor went on to explain how he didn’t want Black Panther to be “parody” of African-American history and culture, saying he wanted to “convey that this is real, because it is.”
“We want to make a superhero movie, but that’s not the most important thing here. People will love the superhero movie if they get this other thing from it,” Boseman told the roundtable.
He added: “I never thought I would see a studio say, ‘Yeah, we are going to put the money behind this movie with a mostly black cast.’ Sometimes, as African-Americans, we have the ‘black version,’ and it’s never as good. They never put as much into it, and so it made me more idealistic, and I think that’s aspirational for not just myself, but for other people, and not just in film but in other arenas.”