Viola Davis ‘broke down’ after learning of ‘Ma Rainey’ costar Chadwick Boseman’s death

The Oscar winner remembers Boseman as someone who lived in the moment and with "the utmost integrity."
Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman shared the screen in Netflix's new film, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Boseman's last film before he died of colon cancer in August.
In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, the Oscar-winning actress shared her reaction to news that her co-star, 43-year-old Boseman, had died.
Read more: Chadwick Boseman takes a final bow in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"
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"I collapsed when I heard it was over," said Davis. "Lord knows, we all would have wanted him to live another 50 years. We all want longevity. But I can't see his life tragically at all ... Because I had the feeling that he always lived in the moment and squeezed out every bit of life I think it's not the quantity, it's the quality. "
“What I hold on to Chad is that that's how he lived his life,” Davis continued. "I would say his professional life was absolutely the same as his private life, that's my guess as to how he lived with the utmost integrity."
Read more: Denzel Washington says he encouraged Chadwick Boseman to marry his wife
As previously reported by TheGrio, Davis revealed that Chadwick Boseman held a special place in her heart and she noticed how much she respected his work ethic.
Chadwick Boseman on the set of Marvel's Black Panther. (Photo: Marvel)
"Chadwick is my baby," she said, reminding viewers that she played his mother on Get on Up. The Tony Award-winning actress spoke about how seriously he took his work as an actor and stated that he wasn't distracted by the glitz and glamor of his job like so many stars are.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Davis said she thought Chadwick Boseman would be remembered as a hero. "There is a section of the public who will associate that with Black Panther. I don't," she said. "I associate that with its authenticity, especially in the midst of a profession that can sometimes take that away from you."
"I think his legacy, his work, his integrity will have an impact on the generation to come," added Davis, 55.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which featured Chadwick Boseman's final film performance, is now streamed on Netflix.
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