As T’Challa, the comic book ruler of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, actor Chadwick Boseman had to create a brand-new accent for the Marvel superhero movie.
Having seen Captain America: Civil War, I will just say Boseman’s T’Challa/Black Panther was everything that the ruler should be — regal, poised and moving with the grace of a panther (pun intended). He also does a great accent and explained how he created the Wakandan dialect on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live!
“Well, what I did for this particular role was, you know how comedians, how you guys, you'll do a small comedy club before you do the big show. I did an independent film called Message From The King. I play a south African who is coming to L.A., so the fish out of water story, so I used that as my small comedy club performance to find my dialect coach to sort of find my base for an authentic African dialect. So I had an accent in that and sort of just built off of that with that dialect coach and sanctioned by Marvel.”
The actor also shared a brief clip of his showdown with Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and explained how getting the role of Black Panther was almost prophetic. Superhero powers!!
“As a matter of fact, some of the fanboys and fangirls, they somehow have, some of them have some prophetic powers I guess. There's this one guy in Australia, I was filming in Australia, and I was on set, and this guy was doing security, his name is Charles Carter. This was Gods of Egypt. This was probably a year before, a year before. So he has them put his first issue of Black Panther, an original 1977 issue, the comic itself, the first Black Panther comic book, in my trailer and writes a note, and says ‘I believe you're going to be Black Panther,’ like just out of nowhere.”
Captain America: Civil War opens May 6, while Black Panther will claw its way into movie theaters Feb. 20, 2018.
(via Comic Book)