‘The hardest’: Black Panther director Ryan Coogler talks about filming the sequel without the late Chadwick Boseman
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler says making the sequel without Chadwick Boseman “is the hardest thing” for him, and credits Boseman with the “glue that held it together.”
Speaking to Jemele Hill on her Unbothered podcast, Coogler, 34, said she is ‘still going through’ the grieving process following Boseman’s death at age 43 on August 28, 2020 from colon cancer.
Said the filmmaker: ‘One thing that I have learned in my short or long time on this Earth is that it is very difficult to get a perspective of something as you go through it.
The Latest: Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, 34, says doing the sequel without the late Chadwick Boseman ‘is the hardest thing’ for him, and credits Boseman as the ‘glue that held it together’
“This is one of the deepest things I’ve been through in my life, having to be a part of keeping this project going without this particular person who is like the glue that held it together.”
Coogler said he was focusing on moving forward with the sequel to the 2018 blockbuster, by differentiating between his professional and personal life.
‘Personal life, I’m going to say that when you work on something that you love, those things mix, they come together,’ he said. ‘I’m trying to find a balance between work and life. But I haven’t gotten to that point yet, so this is definitely the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my professional life. ‘
He said he was motivated to do it, drawing inspiration from Boseman’s memory.
Coogler said he was motivated to achieve, drawing inspiration from Boseman’s memory
Signature Role: Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in Black Panther, also starred in movies such as 42, Marshall, Get on Up, and Draft Day.
“I’m incredibly sad to lose him, but I’m also incredibly motivated to be able to spend time with him,” Coogler said. ‘You spend your life hearing about people like him. For this individual, who is now an ancestor, I was there for it.
“It is such an incredible privilege that it fills you as much as it leaves you unconscious. Very often as blacks we have to pick up the pieces after a loss. ”
Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa on Black Panther, also starred in movies such as 42, Marshall, Get on Up, and Draft Day.
The actor was diagnosed with stage three cancer in 2016 and underwent ‘countless surgeries and chemotherapy’ in his battle with the disease, his family said, adding that ‘he died at home, with his wife and family by his side. ‘he added. that ‘it was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.’