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How Chadwick Boseman surprised young actor with gifts and advice to boost his career

The late actor was not only a hero on-screen, but off-screen too.

It seems the late Chadwick Boseman was not only a hero on-screen, but off-screen too.

The Black Panther actor, who died following a four-year battle with colon cancer, carried out a random act of kindness that took a stranger’s life by sweet surprise.

Taking to Twitter, US native Trevor Reece revealed how he met Boseman while working in a book shop, as he observed the award-winning star offering pearls of wisdom to a fellow customer on how to make it in Hollywood as a black actor.

Despite his international fame, Boseman was extremely humble gifting advice and even picked up the bill for the aspiring actor.

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Reece, who is now an animation writer, tweeted: “I got to meet Chadwick Boseman once while I worked [in] Samuel French film & theatre bookshop [LA, California].

“He didn’t bring any attention to himself, just wanted to find a few new plays. But then this young actor, 20-something black man, comes up to him and starts talking.”


Reece added: “30 mins later, they are still chatting. Chadwick taking the time to give this guy advice, speaking what’s it’s like to be a black man in this industry, how to navigate it.

“The actor thanks him for his time and continues looking for books. Chadwick comes up to the counter and buys the few plays he found, but then, he has another stack.

“They’re books he recommended to the actor and he wants to buy them. He then has me hold the books behind the counter for this guy and takes off.”

He concluded: “He didn’t want thanks. He just wanted to make sure this young man was taken care of and had access to resources he would need to succeed.

“Chadwick Boseman was the King of Wakanda. He was James Brown and Jackie Robinson. But above all that, he was a good man.”

Boseman was just 43 when he passed away, with the post announcing his death becoming the most liked tweet of all time with 7.5m clicks at the time of publication.

The statement read: “It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.

“Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it these last four years as it progressed to stage IV.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love… filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”

The heart-breaking message, released by Boseman’s family, also said playing King T’Challa in Black Panther was “the honour of his career”.

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