Viola Davis Says Costar Chadwick Boseman "Lived with the Utmost Integrity"

Amy Mackelden
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Viola Davis Says Costar Chadwick Boseman "Lived with the Utmost Integrity"

From Harper's BAZAAR

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the final film of Chadwick Boseman, has just hit Netflix. Boseman's performance as trumpet player Levee in the movie is being widely praised, and according to his costars, the Black Panther icon was a pleasure to work with.

During a press day ahead of the release of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Viola Davis, who plays Ma Rainey in the movie, told Yahoo Entertainment, "What I hold onto with Chad is that he lived his life his way. ... I would say his professional life as absolutely paralleled his personal life, that’s my guess, in terms of how he lived with the utmost integrity."

Davis also spoke about her reaction to finding out the sad news that Boseman had died earlier this year at age 43, after living with colon cancer for four years. Davis explained, "I broke down when I heard he passed. Lord knows we all would’ve wanted him to live another 50 years. We all want longevity. But I can’t see his life tragically at all." She continued, "Because I felt like he was always living in the moment, squeezing out every bit of life. What it makes me think is, it’s not the quantity, it’s the quality."

Photo credit: David Lee/NETFLIX
Photo credit: David Lee/NETFLIX

Denzel Washington, a producer on the adaptation of August Wilson's play, discussed Boseman's performance during an interview with The New York Times, and said, "He did a brilliant job, and he's gone. I still can't believe it."

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