Chadwick Boseman honored by Viola Davis and Spike Lee in Netflix’s Portrait of an Artist

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Viola Davis said of the late actor: 'He looks at your work and he's really hyper focused, on the job, on the process - that's Chad'


Chadwick Boseman is honored by his peers in Netflix’s Portrait of an Artist, a documentary about the revered actor following his death last summer from colon cancer.

Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Spike Lee, and Danai Gurira are among the actor’s peers who appear in the doc and remember the legacy he left in his big-screen career.

In the trailer, Boseman is heard talking about the way he looked at his contraption: “I’m Chadwick Boseman. I’m an artist – people call me an actor. I wouldn’t necessarily call myself an actor. I would call myself an artist.

The latest: Chadwick Boseman is honored by his peers in Netflix’s Portrait of an Artist, a documentary about the revered actor following his death last summer from colon cancer. The deceased actor was pictured in Los Angeles in 2019

Davis, who worked with Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – for which they both received Oscar nods – spoke about the intensity the late actor brought to his scenes.

“You know you have to step up when you’re in his presence,” Davis said. “He looks at your work and he’s really super focused, on the job, on the process. It’s Chad.

Phylicia Rashad, who taught theater at Boseman at Howard University, said the late actor “is not going to limit his experience of growing and learning because of cultural differences.”

Lee, who directed Boseman in Da 5 Bloods, said the actor brought “that weight” and “aura” to his roles.

Director Brian Helgeland, 42 Director, Reginald Hudlin, New Federal Theater Director Woodie King Jr. and Ma Rainey Black Bottom collaborators Branford Marsalis, Andile Nebulane, Taylour Paige, Tate Taylor, Glynn Turman and George C. Wolfe also feature in the special. .

Viola Davis said of the late actor: 'He looks at your work and he's really hyper focused, on the job, on the process - that's Chad'

Viola Davis said of the late actor: “He looks at your work and he’s really hyper focused, on the job, on the process – that’s Chad”

Boseman's Black Panther co-star Danai Gurira is one of the set of artists who participated in the doc

Boseman's Black Panther co-star Danai Gurira is one of the set of artists who participated in the doc

Boseman’s Black Panther co-star Danai Gurira is one of the artist set who participated in the doc

Lee, who directed Boseman in Da 5 Bloods, said the actor brought `` that weight '' and `` aura '' to his roles.

Lee, who directed Boseman in Da 5 Bloods, said the actor brought `` that weight '' and `` aura '' to his roles.

Lee, who directed Boseman in Da 5 Bloods, said the actor brought “that weight” and “aura” to his roles.

Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in Black Panther, has also starred in films like 42, Marshall, Get on Up, and Draft Day.

The actor, who died on August 28, 2020, was diagnosed with stage three cancer in 2016 and has undergone “countless surgeries and chemotherapy” in his battle with the disease, his family said, adding that he “was died at home, with his wife and family by his side, ”adding that“ it was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther ”.

Phylicia Rashad, who taught theater in Boseman at Howard University, said the deceased actor 'was not going to limit his experience of growth and learning due to cultural differences'

Phylicia Rashad, who taught theater in Boseman at Howard University, said the deceased actor 'was not going to limit his experience of growth and learning due to cultural differences'

Phylicia Rashad, who taught theater in Boseman at Howard University, said the deceased actor “was not going to limit his experience of growth and learning due to cultural differences”

Signature role: Boseman, best known for his role as King T'Challa in Black Panther, has also appeared in films like 42, Marshall, Get on Up, and Draft Day

Signature role: Boseman, best known for his role as King T'Challa in Black Panther, has also appeared in films like 42, Marshall, Get on Up, and Draft Day

Signature role: Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in Black Panther, has also appeared in films like 42, Marshall, Get on Up, and Draft Day

Boseman is posthumously nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars on April 25 for his performance as Levee.

His work in film has already won him a Golden Globe Award, a Critic’s Choice Award, a Gotham Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Portrait of an Artist is scheduled to debut on Netflix on April 17 at 3 a.m.ET / 12 p.m. PT and remain on the streaming service for 30 days.

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