Denzel Washington honors her bond with Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman once said, “There is no ‘Black Panther’ without Denzel Washington.”

A year after the “Black Panther” star honored Washington at the 47th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony, Washington is now paying tribute to Bosman, who died Friday at the age of 43 after a private battle with colon cancer. done.

“He was a gentle soul and a brilliant artist who would stay with us for all eternity through his brilliant performance over his short yet illustrious career,” Washington said in a statement to CNN. “God bless Chadwick Boseman.”

At the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony in 2019, Bossman gave a moving speech saluting Washington, who once paid his tuition for a summer acting program, while Bossman was attending Howard University.

“Many of you already know the story that Mr. Washington was asked by Felicia Rashad to join the aid of nine theater students from Howard University, who were invited to the British Academy of Dramatic Acting’s summer acting program in Oxford. Was accepted in, “Bossman said. In his tribute.

“As fate would have it, I was one of the students he paid for. Imagine receiving the letter that was paid for your tuition that summer and that your donor was none other than the dopest actor on the planet. ”

The footage of Bosman giving a powerful opening speech in his alma mater has gone viral since his death. And actress Rashad mentioned Bosman in Howard in a special tribute to Sunday’s ABC News during a commercial-free broadcast of Marvel and Disney’s “Black Panther”.

“There is no ‘Black Panther’ without Daniel Washington,” Bosman continued in his AFI address. “And not just because of me, but my entire cast. That generation stands on your shoulders. Daily battles won, thousands of territories gained, many sacrifices you made for culture through the film set through your career, the way you refused to compromise, then set the blueprint for us did. ”

Several figures from Hollywood and beyond – including Angela Bassett, Barry Jenkins, Issa Rae, LeBron James, Jordan Peel, Bob Iger, Viola Davis, Mark Ruffalo, Kamala Harris and Oprah Winfrey – mourned Bosman’s death over the weekend Done, with millions of fans. .

On Sunday, “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler remembered for the first time that he had met Bossman, with an emotional tribute celebrating the actor’s immense influence as T’Challa, King of Wakanda.

“I then noticed that Chad was an anomaly,” Coogler wrote. “He was calm. Assured. Studying continuously. But it was also kind, relaxing, the warmest laugh in the world, and the eyes [saw] Beyond his years, but seeing something for the first time shone like a child. “