Why Chadwick Boseman Kept His Cancer Battle A Secret, According To His Agent

Written by on September 3, 2020

The devastating information of Chadwick Boseman’s dying final week was met with shock and disbelief from his followers and shut associates alike. 

“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler and “Da 5 Bloods” director Spike Lee have already mentioned that they had no concept Boseman was battling colon most cancers, a illness he was recognized with in 2016. Marvel boss Kevin Feige reportedly solely realized about Boseman’s prognosis on the day he died.

Solely a “tight-knit” circle of associates and his group had been conscious of the actor’s prognosis, in accordance with The Hollywood Reporter. Michael Greene, Boseman’s longtime agent, was a kind of folks, and he defined Boseman’s reasoning for not telling extra folks.

Greene instructed THR that he partly attributes Boseman’s option to hold his most cancers battle non-public to classes the actor realized from his mom, Carolyn.

″[She] all the time taught him to not have folks fuss over him,” defined Greene. “He additionally felt on this enterprise that individuals journey out about issues, and he was a really, very non-public individual.”

Maintaining his well being battle to himself meant that Boseman struggled privately. Greene talked about Netflix’s upcoming film “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside,” based mostly on the play written by August Wilson, explaining that although Boseman was experiencing “hard-core ache” throughout filming, he was excited to be in a film produced by Denzel Washington and “launch this cycle of August Wilson at Netflix.”

Within the wake of Boseman’s dying, followers and associates, together with Washington, have continued to supply heartfelt tributes. Many have flooded social media with the “Wakanda Without end” salute, which Boseman made well-known in “Black Panther.”

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