Winston Duke “M’Baku” Shares Emotional Tribute To Chadwick Boseman

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Winston Duke and Chadwick Boseman

Three days after Chadwick Boseman passed away from stage four colon cancer, those who knew him personally are still sending in tributes.

For some time, Chadwick Boseman was a distant movie hero to Winston Duke.

However, the two finally met when Winston auditioned for the role of M’Baku in Black Panther.

Yesterday, Ryan Coogler, the Director of the movie said it was unusual for leading men to be present at auditions for supporting roles, but Chadwick was no ordinary leading man.

So when Winston auditioned for M’Baku, it was Chadwick who told the casting crew that he was ready for the role – that’s after Winston had broken his bracelet.

“Chadwick was a lightning rod for me… he gave me direction… when I saw “42”, I said, I could be like THIS guy,” Winston wrote in his tribute.

He even revealed that Chadwick would privately rehearse their scenes with him well before they have to shoot.

“Thanks for being someone I could look up to on and off screen … your calm confidence was inspiring and exemplary,” he added.

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How do I start to honor a man who I saw as a giant in many ways; with whom I thought I had so much more time…I am absolutely devastated by the loss of my friend and hero, Chadwick Boseman… I feel sick … I’m in pain and I can’t belive he’s gone. Chadwick was a lightning rod for me… he gave me direction… when I saw “42”, I said, I could be like THIS guy. I knew I belonged because I could see myself in you… that’s what heroes do… they seem familiar because they make it possible for us to see our potential best selves demonstrated through them… Through seeing Chad’s work, I was able to say, “I could be just like you one day“ and when I saw you in person for the first time… at my audition for Black Panther, you acknowledged me and my dream by saying, “he’s ready”! Man, your words that day made me feel like my dream was finally real! Chadwick then proceeded to show us collectively everyday on set what it was to be a leading man. Not only through his work but by how he welcomed and created a space for all of us to feel safe, open and bold … You even worked with me 1 on 1, on our scenes, so that we could get it right, well before the day of the filming ….Chadwick, Thank you! Chadwick, you are the best…you are me and I’m you and we are all one! Thanks for being someone I could look up to on and off screen … your calm confidence was inspiring and exemplary. Thanks for sharing with me… you go ahead …you did your job and did it well! You will NEVER be forgotten. Your heroism is now legend. We’ll carry the load and honor your legacy, the rest of the way! Bless King! #chadwickboseman #wakandaforever

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Rest in power, King!

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