Pretty much everyone who’s seen Black Panther has loved it, not only because of the action, but also because of the movie’s cultural significance. Director Ryan Coogler wrote a note to thank fans for their response to the film, and now star Chadwick Boseman — who plays T’Challa, the king of Wakanda — is showing his appreciation in person.
With help from Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show, a few individuals were given the chance to tell Boseman from afar (or so they thought) what the movie meant to them.
“I cannot tell you how much it means to have you step into the role as our king and be holding it with such grace and poise and joy,” one woman gushed. Another said, “As a creator, as an entrepreneur of color, just seeing this movie made me realize that our stories need to be told. There’s so many of us out here who are trying to create great things, and I was just so inspired as someone who wants to make movies someday and who wants to inspire people, that art can really change the world.”
One mom, who was there with her teenage son, said, “For me, as the mother of a young son, my son’s childhood has been defined by Barack Obama and now Black Panther. So, thank you.”
Another lady spoke directly to the women in the movie, saying, “Words can’t even describe what this movie has meant to me and other Black people. And I know this is for you, Chadwick, but I wanted to take a second to thank the Black women, too, because they were so strong on their own terms and answered to no one but themselves. And I think it was so important because they weren’t strong because they were angry. They weren’t strong because they were hurt. They were strong because they were strong. And that meant the world to me.”
The fans’ words were incredibly moving on their own, but the whole scene got even more emotional when Boseman himself stepped out from behind a curtain to surprise them. There were hugs and tears all around.
It’s pretty clear that the fans loved it, too. And so did we.
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