Viola Davis Says Chadwick Boseman Hated The “Celebrity Treatment”

Viola Davis Says Chadwick Boseman Hated The “Celebrity Treatment”

    Viola Davis Says Chadwick Boseman Hated The “Celebrity Treatment”

    “It’s like what Issa Rae said: He was ours as African-Americans.”

    The late, great actor Chadwick Boseman’s final film appearance will be in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which hits Netflix on December 18.

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    Directed by George C. Wolfe, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is based off August Wilson’s Tony-winning play of the same name.

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    Boseman stars in the film alongside Viola Davis, who recently opened up about working with him in an InStyle cover story

    Viola Davis as Ma Rainey.

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    Davis also acted with Boseman in the 2014 James Brown biopic Get on Up.

    “He was a beautiful man and a great artist,” she stated. “It’s like what Issa Rae said: He was ours as African-Americans.”

    Chadwick Boseman as Levee, Glynn Turman as Toldeo, Michael Potts as Slow Drag, Colman Domingo as Cutler.

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    “He was someone who had a quality that very few have today, whether young or old, which is a total commitment to the art form of acting. Regardless of ego, regardless of any of it. He was with the same agent he had when he started his career.”

    Chadwick Boseman (as James Brown), 2014

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    Davis also opened up about Boseman’s tendency to shy away from what she referred to as “celebrity treatment.”

    Chadwick A Boseman at arrivals for GET ON UP Premiere, Apollo Theater, New York, NY July 21, 2014.

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    “He hated that. He really did,” she said. “We actually had a little discussion about that. He said, ‘Viola, I don’t mind the work. I don’t mind all the hours. It’s the other stuff that exhausts me.'”

    Chadwick Boseman attends the 47th Annual American Music Awards® - Press Room at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

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    “He hated the celebrity part,” Davis claimed, before admitting that he was far from alone. “I have to say, we all do. Because we have to be a persona that we just don’t know.”

    Viola Davis as Ma Rainey.

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    Davis’ words echo those of Boseman’s former colleagues like co-star Letitia Wright, who wrote in a tribute that he was “A soul so beautiful, when you walked into a room, there was calm.”

    Chadwick Boseman (L) and Letitia Wright at the 50th NAACP Image Awards at Dolby Theatre on March 30, 2019 in Hollywood, California.

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    As Davis, Wright, and many others continue to testify, Boseman was an irreplaceable talent that will continue to be missed.

    Winston Duke as M'Baku (left of center, beard), Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther (front), Chris Evans as Captain America (right of center, beard), Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier (right, long hair), 2018.

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