Chadwick Boseman's legacy after his death and almost 'giving up' on his career

Ashley Bautista November 29, 2022
Chadwick Boseman's legacy after his death and almost 'giving up' on his career
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Before becoming the well-acclaimed and beloved Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman almost considered giving up his acting career. Many now remember the late star for his legacy, as we look back on Chadwick Boseman’s time in Hollywood.

Chadwick first started in the filming industry in 2000. After studying directing at Howard University, he began his career in theater. In his early years as an actor, he gained recognition as a director and writer.

In 2008, Chadwick moved to Los Angeles to pursue his film and acting career. However, the actor rose to fame in Hollywood after a decade in the industry by becoming the beloved Black Panther.

Celebrating what today would’ve been his 46th birthday, The Focus takes a look into his years in the filming industry.

Chadwick Boseman’s breakthrough to Hollywood and his lasting legacy

Chadwick’s breakthrough role came in 2013 with the film 42. He interpreted the lead role of baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

At the time when he got the call for the role, Boseman was directing an off-Broadway play. Chadwick even considered giving up acting and pursuing directing full-time.

He even auditioned twice for the role and left the casting director impressed with his acting skills. Getting into character, Robinson’s widow commented on his performance, seeing her husband again.

In 2016, Chadwick interpreted the role of the late singer James Brown in another biographical film. The entire filming process took only 49 days to complete grossing $33.4 million out of a $30 million budget.

How Chadwick Boseman became Black Panther

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Three years later, after rising to international fame, Chadwick Boseman began portraying the role of T’Challa/Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He debuted his character during Captain America: Civil War.

According to Indiana Express, the actor originally auditioned for the role of Dax the Destroyer but had a feeling he wasn’t going to get it.

However, after discussing what he wanted to do and his interpretation of Marvel, he was offered the role of Black Panther – and what a legacy Chadwick Boseman left interpreting the king of Wakanda.

For four years, fans learned about his character’s history through his own Black Panther movie. He became the first black actor to headline an MCU film, as well as his other appearances in Avengers’ Infinity War and Endgame.

Secretly battling cancer

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Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016. At the time of his diagnosis, the actor kept his condition private and continued to act until he sadly passed away in 2020 from the illness.

Chadwick’s passing came as a shock to fans due to his impact on his young audience, as many looked up to him. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, his former agent said “he wasn’t going to let this disease stop him from telling these amazing stories and showing his art in the prime of his life.”

From 2016 up until his tragic death, he appeared in nine films. Chadwick’s last work was released months after his death. He interpreted Levee Green in the American drama film Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom despite being “in hard-core pain”.

Released on the big screen in November 2022, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever became a tribute to the actor after the directors refused to re-cast the role.

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Ashley Bautista is an Audience Content Writer at GRV Media writing across different sites such as Reality Titbit, HITC, and The Focus. Always keen to learn about celebrity news and the entertainment world, she loves turning these into stories to share with the readers. Graduating from Kingston University with a BA (Hons) in Journalism in the middle of the Coronavirus pandemic, she found herself Keeping Up With The Kardashians more than anything else. Fun fact, it has turned into Ashley’s favourite topic to talk about these days - that and the members of BLACKPINK.