Doing Black Panther without Chadwick Boseman was uncomfortable

Ryan Coogler has said he was not comfortable directing the second installment of Black Panther following the death of its lead actor Chadwick Boseman.

The 36-year-old also cried while delivering Bafta’s David Lean Lecture and discussing Boseman, who died in 2020 aged 43 from colon cancer and played Marvel superhero King T’Challa .

He told the audience at Bafta’s Piccadilly headquarters in London on Monday: “I found myself in a position that I was not (comfortable when making Black Panther: Wakanda Forever).

“I was a director without a main actor, in charge of making a film about a hero when we had just lost ours.

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman died in 2020 (Ian West/PA)

“So the question was, how do you move on when your very existence, your very identity, has been defined by another person, and you lose it?

“That question motivated us to finish the film.”

Coogler, who directed the two critically acclaimed and box office-hit Black Panther films, also said he felt “deeply unworthy” to give the talk after fellow directors Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee spoke out. the annual address of previous years.

He said: “I feel like I’m standing in a place right now where maybe I shouldn’t be.

“It’s a feeling I’ve gotten used to over my life and my career.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – European Premiere

The cast and crew of the European premiere of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Suzan Moore/PA)

Black Panther and Judas And The Black Messiah, produced by Coogler, were nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, and the Marvel superhero film grossed over US$1 billion (£814,910,000) at the box- office.

Coogler added, “I’m still struggling with doubt, everyday…I’ve faced disappointments, man, like a lot of time, and…being a filmmaker is (being okay with) rejection.

“For every acceptance letter, I received hundreds of no-thanks from actors…and studios.”

Coogler also said he had a “complicated relationship” with filmmaking and felt he had “a shared responsibility and opportunity” with other black directors.

He added: “The medium of cinema is over 100 years old and quite often, for much of that time, the great and powerful medium of cinema has been used against black people, used to attack our identities, our sense of self , and our position in the caste systems that exist around us.

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Sylvester Stallone helped Coogler watch Lawrence of Arabia before Black Panther (PA)

Coogler also talked about helping Sylvester Stallone, who he would work with on the Rocky Creed spin-off series, so he can watch director Sir David Lean’s Lawrence Of Arabia on the big screen.

He said: “When I was preparing to get hired to do Black Panther, I knew I wanted to do something that was epic in scope.

“So (my wife and I) contacted him and asked if he could print a copy for us, he was more than happy.

“(Stallone) was kind of like talking to me all the time. You know, it was fantastic.

The David Lean Lecture carries on the legacy of the late director, one of the founders of the British Film Academy, as it was then known, in 1947.

It is funded by the David Lean Foundation, which supports and encourages excellence in British cinema.

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