‘Black Panther’ Director’s Touching Tribute to Chadwick Boseman

“Gratitude. It’s the only word that comes to mind right now,” writes Ryan Coogler. The director of “Black Panther” thanks all the spectators who have already seen the Marvel film in theaters and the fans who have organized special screenings. “Our film lasts more than 2h30, so please restrain yourself from going to the bathroom. Our film contains six languages, so please support the subtitles,” he continues. “Our film deals with the inescapable emotion that is mourning. Thank you for opening yourself up to this emotional journey.”

The director then has a special thought for Chadwick Boseman. The actor, who became world famous for his role as Black Panther, died in 2020 of colon cancer. “We did something to honor our friend, who was a giant in our industry. We also did something to enjoy in a theatrical setting with friends, family and strangers. Something to quote and topics to discuss. To be debated. Something that makes people feel physically and emotionally seen.”

“This film wouldn’t exist without an audience. Thank you for giving me a professional purpose and an emotional outlet. I look forward to sharing new stories with you,” he concludes.

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