Get On Up director Tate Taylor has paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman, sharing fond memories of their time filming the James Brown biopic together.
Black Panther star Chadwick, who sadly died on Friday aged 43 following a battle with colon cancer, famously portrayed the Godfather of Soul in the critically-acclaimed 2014 film.
In a lengthy piece published by Variety, Tate explained: ‘We were both anxious about putting what would be our sophomore films into the world.
‘We talked openly about fear and what part it had played in our lives up until now. Chad turned to me and said, “What we’re really anxious about is proving to ourselves we can do it again”.’
Tate revealed how he and Chadwick visited Brown’s family that day and, after winning them over, exclaimed with an ‘intoxicating grin’: ‘This s***’s about to get very, very real.’
‘Later at the airport, we pledged to each other that if one of us thought the film wasn’t working in any way due to him or myself thinking that one, both or the other wasn’t up to the challenge, we could be truthful about it and stop the whole damn thing,’ Tate continued.
The filmmaker went on: ‘Establishing that level of love, honesty, trust and commitment between two men was the only way we were going to pull it off. We embraced and in that moment became friends and brothers for life.
‘Chadwick was a perfectionist and a consummate professional. He shared my love of collaboration. He believed, like me, that good ideas can come from anybody anytime, anywhere. But he also taught me about dedication, resilience and so much about love.’
According to Tate, the Da 5 Bloods actor once revealed that the ‘real James Brown would talk to him from heaven’ whenever he was filming a scene.
Reflecting on Chadwick’s tragic death, Tate said: ‘He didn’t die in California because South Carolina went to him and his wife and family were with him until the end.
‘Chadwick told me he loved me that day and that was the last time we spoke. He never shared his illness with me. I now realise he was telling me goodbye the only way he could.
‘Chadwick Boseman wasn’t just a talented actor, dancer, writer or superhero, he was a beautiful, majestic creature put on this earth to help people. He changed everyone he ever met or worked with.’
Tate added: ‘I am one of those fortunate people. I’ll be talking to Chadwick just like Mr Brown did with him because as James Brown always said, “You can’t stop the funk”.
‘I miss and love you my friend.’
Tributes have poured in from all corners of Hollywood following Chadwick’s death and there is now a petition to have a memorial erected in his memory.
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