In the eyes of children, there are few things more powerful than a superhero. When a child needs someone to look up to, they see these larger than life figures who save the world and they want to do that too. It’s one of the best parts of growing up.
Whether it is a fireman, police or soldier. Whether it is a superhero with a capes or metal arm, everyone has a hero. For some, those heroes inspire in ways that are almost indescribable.
During Town Hall, which will air on Sirus XM Thursday at noon ET, Chadwick Boseman discussed his bond with Ian and Taylor, children suffering from terminal cancer who just wanted to see the movie. It’s the thing they were holding onto, the ‘day’ they were waiting on. Boseman said it was initially a ‘wow’ moment for him, but the more he thought about it, the more it sank in.
‘Wow. That’s, like…I gotta get up and go to the gym, I gotta get up to go to work. I gotta learn these lines, I gotta work on this accent. Seeing how devoted all of my castmates are and knowing that that will be something meaningful to them. To a certain degree, it’s a humbling experience, because you’re like, ‘This can’t mean that much to them.’
He had to take a break to compose himself as Lupita and Danai comforted him. When he looked up, there were tears in his eyes as he said it’s important. Being a hero matters, having a hero matters.
Boseman is a total class act and it’s evident that he takes his role of T’Challa very seriously. He knows what Black Panther means to so many people and it’s encouraged him to work his hardest to be the very best he can be.
Black Panther hits theaters this Friday, February 16th.