As people close to Chadwick Boseman continue to publicly share their thoughts on his passing, it’s becoming even more obvious how committed he was to not allowing his cancer to affect his work – and their work too. Here’s Michael B Jordan’s tribute to his big brother, his mentor, his colleague, his friend:
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Iâ€™ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. Iâ€™ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hugâ€¦everything. I wish we had more time. One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether youâ€™ve known it or notâ€¦Iâ€™ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness. I wish we had more time. Everything youâ€™ve given the world â€¦ the legends and heroes that youâ€™ve shown us we are â€¦ will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here. I wish we had more time. I'm more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. Iâ€™m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. Iâ€™ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. Iâ€™m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. â€œIs this your king!?â€ Yes . he . is! Â Rest In Power Brother.
“But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are.”
MBJ seems to be suggesting that like Ryan Coogler and Spike Lee, who have both said in recent days that they were unaware of what Chadwick was battling privately, he didn’t know. And as we’ve heard from so many people, including other members of the MCU, it’s a testament to his grace, his courage, his strength, that Chadwick was able to deliver his iconic performances, one after the other, while fighting a real villain. That was his commitment to his work…
It was his commitment to THEIR work.
He didn’t allow cancer to come between him and his creativity and he didn’t allow cancer to affect the creativity of the artistic community he belonged to. Making movies and television and musicals and plays, this is teamwork – and it’s energy exchange. Chadwick Boseman refused to limit the energy exchange between him and his fellow artists so as not to compromise the potential of telling the best story they could possibly tell. So that they could all look back at the end and be able to say… we left it all out there, this is as good as it gets.
When you give, you don’t regret. That is true power.
Yours in gossip,