- “Black Panther” executive producer Nate Moore revealed the last texts he received from the film’s late star Chadwick Boseman, who died on August 28 at age 43.
- Moore told People that he and Boseman were texting about completing a request from the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a fan who was battling cancer.
- “People deserve abundant life, special moments. They’ve been through hell battling disease,” Boseman’s final text to Moore read, according to People.
- At the time of the pair’s exchanges via text message, Moore was unaware that Boseman was battling colon cancer.
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The executive producer of “Black Panther,” Nate Moore, shared the last texts he received from the film’s late star Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman died on August 28 at age 43 after battling colon cancer. The actor was diagnosed with cancer four years ago and never spoke publicly about his diagnosis.
In an interview with People published on September 2, Moore said the last messages he got from Boseman were about fulfilling a request together for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization that grants the wishes of critically ill children.
Moore and Boseman were texting about their plans to send a child from the Make-A-Wish Foundation a voice recording amid the coronavirus pandemic. Boseman apparently wanted to record the note in the voice of his “Black Panther” character, T’Challa.
“It was during lockdown, and we worked together to get a young boy a voice note from T’Challa, as well as a package of toys â€” no easy feat when we weren’t allowed to leave our homes or go to the office,” Moore told People.
Boseman eventually made the boy’s wish come true with a personalized voice message, and Moore later realized that it was related to the actor’s own struggle with cancer.
“Chad figured out how to make it work because he cared so intently, and in hindsight, so personally,” Moore recalled in his interview with People.
Moore said that the last text he received from Boseman was about bringing joy to others and making a difference in people’s lives.
In his texts to Moore, Boseman wrote:
“It broke me, man, but we need to do that for them. People deserve abundant life, special moments. They’ve been through hell battling disease. If we were able to ease their suffering and bring joy for a moment, and hopefully moments (as) he goes through the bags, then we made a difference in his life.”
Moore was not aware that Boseman was battling cancer at the time
Moore told People that he believes that Boseman would still have worked with children with cancer even if he was not battling it himself.
“Again, hindsight will tell us that Chad felt that way because he too was battling a disease,” Moore told People. “But I don’t think that’s true. I think that’s just who he was as a man. A leader and a caregiver first, who accomplished both of those things as a performer and as a regular person.”
Other members of the “Black Panther” cast and crew have also come forward with statements about Boseman.
The film’s director, Ryan Coogler, also honored Boseman, saying that he inspired the villain Erik Killmonger’s iconic monologue at the end of the film.
Letitia Wright shared a spoken-word eulogy for her late co-star, saying: “A soul so beautiful, when you walked into a room, there was calm. You always moved with grace and ease.”
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