Chadwick Boseman shares amazing tips for aspiring actors.
After critically praised performances in movies like 42 and Get On Up, Chadwick Boseman became a household name. But the success of playing Marvel superhero Black Panther, Boseman became an international superstar. Recently, Boseman participated in The Hollywood Reporter’s Actors Roundtable and spoke about how his perception of acting has changed over the years.
When it comes to acting, Boseman admits he did not see it as a realistic career at first because he did know anyone who was successful. He explains, “[For me] it wasn’t even a possibility. There was nobody — my brother actually was into the arts: He did musical theater, he danced, but other than him nobody around me saw that as a viable career. And even watching him, it’s not the same thing that I am doing. Because it’s not all the glitz and glamour, people think it is. It’s really a blue-collar job. And you work overtime. You sweat. You get hurt. You are an athlete. You are everything that is necessary, and you are pulling from things that most people don’t usually deal with. You are dealing with the intimate parts of your reality, political parts of your reality, social parts of your reality that most people don’t have to deal with on a day-to-day basis — race in a way people don’t have to deal with, gender in a way people don’t have to deal with. And you have to want to go through that struggle.”
Boseman adds that he is always thinking about his next acting job. He shares, “No matter how well you are doing; you are still trying to find what is the next thing. And when this job is over, you’re like, ‘Well, what’s the next one? What’s going to keep me going?’ It’s that same faith you had to have when people said, ‘You’re going to be an actor?’ And if you don’t have that from the beginning, you don’t necessarily have what it takes to do all the intricate moments.”
Boseman has worked on many films at this point; he has learned to use his acting skills to the fullest, so nothing gets lost in every opportunity. He explains, “A wise actor told me at one point, ‘You have to protect your performance’ — meaning that when you come to set, you trust the people around you, but there are certain things that only you know. And if you don’t protect those things, you are going to be the one kicking yourself later.”
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