Chadwick Boseman’s Co-Star Taylour Paige Says ‘He Should Win An Oscar Just For Acting Like He Was Okay’

Chadwick Boseman’s Co-Star Taylour Paige Says ‘He Should Win An Oscar Just For Acting Like He Was Okay’

Actress Taylour Paige was just as shocked about Chadwick Boseman’s private battle with cancer as the rest of the world.  The late actor’s co-star of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom opened up in the latest issue of Elle saying,

“I didn’t know he was sick.  People are going to be stunned by his performance, but now I feel he should win an Oscar just for acting like he was okay.”

The film, produced by Denzel Washington and starring Viola Davis, will mark Chadwick Boseman’s final performance, though Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, which was released in June 2019 was the last film to be released while the Black Panther actor was alive.

Spike Lee also revealed that he didn’t know of Boseman’s illness when a fan commented on social media about the making of the film.  Spike Lee responded,

“Nobody knew.”


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In an interview with Variety, Spike Lee elaborated on his time filming with Boseman.  He said,

“He did not look well, but my mind never took that he had cancer.  It was a very strenuous shoot…The jungle stuff, was shot in Thailand.  It was 100 degrees every day.

He continued,

“It was also at that time the worst air pollution in the world.  I understand why Chadwick didn’t tell me, because he didn’t want me to take it easy.  If I had known, I wouldn’t have made him do the stuff.  And I respect him for that.

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Authored by: Robin Ayers