It still seems unreal that Chadwick Boseman is no longer with us. His charisma and character was amazing to see on and off screen. With the MCU wrapping up Avengers: Endgame and working onto its next chapter it seemed like to everyone that King T’Challa would be around for a while. Unfortunately that was not the case and Chadwick was taken from us far to soon. While most people will remember him for his role as Black Panther, Chadwick already had an amazing resume of films under his belt. While we were blessed with his many roles here are LRM’s Top 5 roles that Chadwick Boseman played not in the MCU.
Honorable Mention- Draft Day
Chadwick had a small but prominent role in this movie as Vontae Mack. Most of the movie focused on Kevin Costner’s character as the GM of the Cleveland Browns as he navigated to draft the guys he wanted to rebuild the team. Although the movie has been widely panned Chadwick Boseman’s character brought to light what has been a problem in the NFL when it comes to drafting athletes. Teams only look at the on the field results instead of the character of the person. Chadwick’s was able to humanize a character who had small issues on the field that overshadowed the actual person.
5- Message From The King
This movie came out in 2016 on Netflix right after Chadwick made his debut as Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. The movie focuses on a mysterious outsider from South Africa, named Jacob King, who arrives in Los Angeles to look for his missing younger sister. It was Chadwick’s first lead role that wasn’t a portrayal of historical figure. He brought the same intensity as he did as Black Panther in this film and with director Fabrice Du Welz they delivered an great film.
4- Get On Up
There are some people that you feel no one could ever replicate. James Brown was one of those people, with such a unique personality and his unbelievable music identity. Only Chadwick Boseman was able to replicate the baddest man in music. This movie chronicled the career of James Brown and his rise to fame. With some crazy hair and dance moves Chadwick was able to bring the soul of James Brown into his performance.
3- 21 Bridges
In traditional Russo Bros. fashion, 21 Bridges was an intense ride from beginning to end. 21 Bridges came out after Avengers Endgame and was setting Chadwick as an action star. The story is of an embattled NYPD detective is thrust into a citywide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. Chadwick delivered a performance that would be comparable to Denzel Washington in this film. In my opinion this movie is highly underrated.
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Marshall is based on the early career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, when he was a young lawyer defending a black chauffeur against his wealthy white socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial. Chadwick portrays Thurgood Marshall in a way that makes being a lawyer badass. While public schools talk about Thurgood as a Jeopardy question, this movie gives life to one of the most important men in modern US history. Chadwick’s performance in this film gives the respect that Thurgood Marshall deserved in his role during the Civil Rights movement.
Chadwick portrays Jackie Robinson, who was the first African American in Major League Baseball. The movie follows his first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the challenges he faced integrating with an all white league. Chadwick does an amazing job humanizing Jackie and really show the stress he went through while playing baseball. It was his first major role in a movie production and is widely considered Chadwick’s best acting performance.
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