Michael B. Jordan wishes he ‘had more time’ with Chadwick Boseman in heartfelt tribute
Michael B. Jordan penned a heartfelt tribute to his “big brother” Chadwick Boseman, his “Black Panther” co-star and friend, who recently died of colon cancer at 43 years old.
Jordan took to Instagram yesterday, Sept. 1, to honor Boseman in a lengthy and touching message where he lauded the late actor for inspiring him, both in his craft and as a human being.
“I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug… everything,” Jordan lamented. “I wish we had more time.”
“One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked, and now the truth of that means more to me than ever,” he added.
Jordan emphasized how Boseman paved the way for a young actor like him since when he was only 16 years old, starting his career in “All My Children”.
“You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not… I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness,” the actor shared. “I wish we had more time.”
Jordan stressed that everything Boseman has “given the world,” all the “legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are… will live on forever.”
“But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most,” he added.
Boseman, who was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer back in 2016, was able to star in several films such as the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) “Black Panther”, “Captain America: Civil War”, “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame”, as well as starring in “Marshall” and “Da 5 Bloods”, along with other projects.
The late actor was also commended for taking the time to visit sick children in the past years while he himself was battling colon cancer, unbeknownst to the public.
“You cared about your family, your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity,” Jordan said.
“You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here. I wish we had more time,” he reiterated.
Jordan went on to explain that more than ever, he is now more aware that “time is short with people we love and admire.”
“I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes,” he stressed. “I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets.”
To close his tribute, Jordan fittingly borrowed a line from his “Black Panther” character Erik Killmonger as he talks about Boseman’s T’Challa: “Is this your king!?”
“Yes. he. is!” Jordan answered. “Rest In Power Brother.”
Other than portraying T’Challa a.k.a. Black Panther in the MCU, Boseman is known for giving life to Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown in the big screen. JB
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