The late Chadwick Boseman was named Entertainment Weekly’s 2020 Entertainer of the Year. Though Boseman’s life was cut short from his battle with colon cancer, he was a legend in his own right from the people and fans that supported him.
‘I first saw him on this TV show called Lincoln Heights,’ says writer Angie Thomas. ‘I remember being in awe of his talent even then, when he was not a starring character. Every time he came on screen, his presence was felt. I had a feeling I’d be seeing more of this guy.’
Throughout Boseman’s career, he portrayed well-known black male figures such as Jackie Robinson in his breakthrough role in the movie 43, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall, and James Brown in Get On Up.
Even in the fictional Marvel Cinematic Universe, he portrayed and originated the role of King T’Challa in Black Panther. Angie Thomas says that in each of his roles, ‘You could see his loving, his kindness, his gentleness, his intelligence in every role — everything that’s good about him.’
Outside of his on-screen work, Boseman was a down to earth, humble person who could connect with people outside of the film industry. While filming Get On Up in Mississippi, he would visit small town places without being “Chadwick Boseman.” He was just another person in the crowd with the general public, which was refreshing and genuine. This helped him to bring his characters to life through his own empathy and understanding of people. By being his authentic self, he achieved longevity without the need to ask for it.
‘I hope he’s remembered for more than Black Panther, because it would be unfair to limit him to that role. I hope he’s remembered for his passion and dedication. I hope the grace that he walked with finds its way to all of us in some form or another. I hope he’s remembered for the gift that he was.’
In a new interview with Instyle, Momoa reveals he struggled after his exit from Game of Thrones in 2011. The actor states that he was “completely in debt” and struggled to pay the bills for the house he shares with his wife, Lisa Bonet, and their two children.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Varys actor Conleth Hill provided his thoughts on his time on Game of Thrones and not all were positive. Hill revealed he was ‘disappointed’ with the final few seasons of the show, and was upset about Varys’s death, specifically, he was saddened that Varys did not get to have a final scene with Littlefinger, as Littlefinger had been his nemesis.
Hill said he ‘kinda dropped off the edge’ after Season 6, noting Varys himself was also pushed to the sidelines and had not been focused on as much. Hill was frustrated by this but understood that, as a show about a great number of characters, he understood that not everyone could hold the spotlight. He said that though the last few seasons were not the best part of the experience, he thoroughly enjoyed his time on the show, over all.
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He noted his favorite Varys scenes involved talking with Tyrion as they traveled in the cart together across Westeros, but commented that he was “dismayed” that Varys seemingly dulled a little in the later seasons, making mistakes he would not have previously made.
Still, Conleth Hill did say that his inclusion in the show was perhaps the high point of his career, saying it was surreal to be working on such on a huge show. His favorite moment was when they shot at Fair Head in Ireland, which is coincidentally where Hill grew up and where he first dreamed of being an actor.
Game of Thrones will air its final episode this Sunday at 9pm ET on HBO.