LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Clarke Peters from 'The Wire' introduces a screening of 'Stormy Weather' at BFI Southbank on November 9, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.
During a recent interview with Good Morning Britain, Clarke Peters recalled his first impressions of the late Chadwick Boseman while working on Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods. “I have to say with a little bit of regret that I probably wasn’t the most altruistic in that environment, but hindsight teaches us a lot of things,” Peters said. “What I’m addressing is, basically, my wife asked what Chadwick was like. I was really excited to work with him. I said, ‘I think he’s a little bit precious.’ And she said, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘Because he’s surrounded by people who are fawning over him.’ He has a Chinese practitioner, who is massaging his back when he walks off set. He has a makeup lady massaging his feet. His girlfriend is there holding his hand,” Peters recalled. “And I’m thinking maybe the Black Panther thing went to his head.”
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 06: Chadwick Boseman attends the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Denzel Washington at Dolby Theatre on June 06, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)
Now, Peters says that he understands that Boseman was struggling with his health at the time. “I regret even having those thoughts because they were really looking after him,” Peters said while holding back tears. As we previously reported, last week, Boseman succumbed to colon cancer at the age of 43. Boseman’s family released a statement revealing that the actor worked in a myriad of projects while he was battling cancer.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 27: Chadwick Boseman speaks onstage during the REVOLT X AT&T Host REVOLT Summit In Los Angeles at Magic Box on October 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for REVOLT)
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement said. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.” Boseman’s seemingly final movie, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, is reportedly slated to be released on Netflix later in 2020.
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