Chadwick Boseman Speaks On His “Black Panther” Accent
Chadwick Boseman is speaking out on his highly anticipated role as T’Challa in “Black Panther.” The actor, 40, recently chatted with CNET about the Marvel film and the fictitious city of Wakanda’s identity and evolution.
According to Boseman, he made sure to make T’Challa as authentic as possible and gave him an authentic African accent that wasn’t tainted by the white supremacy of Colonialism.
“People think about how race has affected the world,” said Boseman. “It’s not just in the States. Colonialism is the cousin of slavery. Colonialism in Africa would have it that, in order to be a ruler, his education comes from Europe,” he added.” I wanted to be completely sure that we didn’t convey that idea because that would be counter to everything that Wakanda is about.”
“It’s supposed to be the most technologically advanced nation on the planet,” he added. “If it’s supposed to not have been conquered — which means that advancement has happened without colonialism tainting it, poisoning the well of it, without stopping it or disrupting it — then there’s no way he would speak with a European accent.”
“If I did that, I would be conveying a white supremacist idea of what being educated is and what being royal or presidential is,” said Boseman.
“Because it’s not just about him running around fighting. He’s the ruler of a nation. And if he’s the ruler of a nation, he has to speak to his people. He has to galvanize his people. And there’s no way I could speak to my people, who have never been conquered by Europeans, with a European voice.”
King T’Challa has spoken.
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