Spike Lee says he understands why Chadwick Boseman didn’t tell him about illness
In a recent interview, director Spike Lee spoke about his professional interactions with the late Chadwick Boseman.
Chadwick Boseman's Hollywood colleagues continue to honor his life through shared stories of their time together. Director Spike Lee recently reported on her time on set in an interview.
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The 63-year-old director announced that he was unaware of Boseman's battle with cancer while filming Da 5 Bloods. Lee reported on Variety's "New York" problem, saying that he actually didn't know that the lead actor was ill at all until his tragic death.
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“The Chadwick thing? I didn't know Chad was sick, ”he remarked. The Oscar-winning creator continued, "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 gotten him to do the stuff . And for that I respect him. "
Lee said that while Boseman wasn't handsome, it did justice to the tough working conditions during the production of the Netflix movie.
“He didn't look good, but I never thought he had cancer. It was a very exhausting shoot. I mean, we didn't all get to Vietnam until the end of the film in Ho Chi Minh City. But the other stuff, the jungle stuff, was shot in Thailand. It was 100 degrees every day. It was also the worst air pollution in the world at the time. "
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During the interview, Lee recalled filming a scene in which Boseman's character "Stormin" Norman Earl Holloway exposed a gunshot wound to his fellow soldiers in the jungle. The director said the lighting was a heavenly addition to the set.
"It was God's heavenly light. We had no light. You know Delroys [Lindo] is talking to the camera and talking about his conversation with God? We go up and we come down and we find that heavenly light. It's Chadwick who is in That light is in that pose. That was God up there. I don't care what no one says. That was God's heavenly light because this scene isn't lit up. That's natural light. And that was God sending Chadwick heavenly light . "
Lee told Variety that watching the film was "a whole different experience" after the Black Panther star passed away, and revealed that he believed the actor thought it might be his last film.
“There's a line in the movie where Clarke [Peters] says he's the best damn soldier ever. And Chadwick was - is - a soldier. This is a guess: there's a chance he thought he could his last movie. And God gave him another one with Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. But now that he saw that, he was playing it. Stormin "Norman says," If I have to go out, I'll be gangbusters. "And he did . "
Boseman stars alongside Viola Davis at Denzel Washington produced Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, adapted from the play by August Wilson. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom premieres on Netflix on December 18th.
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