Chadwick Boseman Sobbed During Emotional Scene In His Last Film ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’, Director Says ‘It Was Raw & Explosive’
Following the sudden death of actor Chadwick Boseman, details are surfacing about his powerful performance in his final film, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.
Though the world was kept at bay regarding Chadwick Boseman’s colon cancer battle, cast and crew members of the project are now opening up about a few telling signs while the “Black Panther” actor was on set.
According to Ma Rainey’s film director George C. Wolfe, one scene stood out as he reminisced on what it was like to work with Chadwick Boseman.
“We were doing it in a very casual way, and I assumed that when [Boseman’s character] Levee got to the big speech that Chadwick was going to stop. But he didn’t stop. He kept going, and Levee took over–it was raw and explosive.”
He further detailed,
“Afterwards, Chadwick just started to sob, and Colman [Domingo] hugged him, and then Chadwick’s girlfriend basically picked him up.”
The director also thought of another moment on set that now holds meaning for him. As Boseman prepped for a scene in which his character reveals a scar on his chest, Wolfe recalls,
“He talked to me about having a secret, and how intense it is to reveal a secret to someone else, how vulnerable that makes you feel.”
The Netflix film, set to air December 18, stars Viola Davis as Ma Rainey and her ambitious horn player Levee, played by Chadwick Boseman. Both Viola Davis and Colman Domingo, who plays fellow band member Butler in the film, sensed that something more was going on with Boseman.
According to Colman,
“I could tell with Chad sometimes, he had something on his mind. He’d walk into a room and he wouldn’t speak to anyone.”
But Colman Domingo playfully made Chadwick Boseman aware of his actions and Boseman grinned and made a point of shaking Domingo’s hand and hugging him everyday since that point.
For award-winning actress Viola Davis, she also noticed his solitary demeanor on set. She referenced his love for playing his West-African drum in his trailer and said:
“Everything that was in his soul, he poured into his drumming.”
“He said he needed it. It was healing for him.”
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