Denzel Washington remembers Chadwick Boseman as “a gentle soul,” years after paying for the tuition of the late actor in a prestigious theater programme. He was a gentle soul and a talented artist who will remain with us for eternity through his iconic performances over his brief but illustrious career, said Washington, 65, in a statement.
God bless Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman lost life at the age of 43 after a long struggle with colon can-cer, his family said in a social media post. On one of the last movies Boseman worked on before this, Ma Rainey ‘s Black Bottom, Washington served as the director.
But his relation to the Black Panther star goes even deeper — he once paid secretly for Boseman, and some of his classmates at Howard University, to attend an acting program at Oxford University in England.
Boseman told the full story last year when honoring Washington before the actor Malcolm X accepted Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. Many of you already know the story that Mr.
Washington graciously and privately agreed to participate when asked by Phylicia Rashad to join her in assisting nine Howard University theater students who had been accepted into a summer acting program at the British Academy of Dramatic Acting in Oxford, Boseman said in June 2019.
As luck would have it, I was among the students for whom he billed, he added. Imagine getting the letter that your tuition was paid for that summer, and that your benefactor was nothing but the dopest actor on the planet.
Without Denzel Washington, there would be no Black Panther, Boseman later said.
A year ago, Boseman opened up on the Oscars red carpet about the moment when he finally got a chance to thank Washington for his support. It was a very enjoyable conversation.
He said the first thing, ‘You owe me the money! I just came to gather! Boseman at the time reminded ABC ‘s Michael Strahan. It was so intense, that right now I can’t even go into it. We just kind of thought about what’s going on, what’s going to happen.