It’s no surprise that training to be a warrior of Wakanda for Marvel’s Black Panther would require some rather intense workouts. In fact, Lupita Nyong'o went through a six-week boot camp before filming even started. Then, when the first day finally arrived, the actress playing Nakia injured herself while shooting.
Nyong'o laughed about the incident during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, where she said she at least “got hurt on schedule.”
“I was fighting some bad guys, and it involved doing this scissor move. So I jumped up, and my legs went out and grabbed his waist, but I ended up spraining my MCL [medial collateral ligament]. I had to wear a brace for two weeks. Luckily, the next fight scene I had was two weeks later,” she told THR.
She went on to describe Nakia as a street fighter, saying that during the boot camp, when they would break off to work on individual techniques after warming up together, she would have “jujitsu and capoeira and ring blades.” The training went from four to two hours a day once she began bulking up.
It wasn’t just physical training she went through for the film though. She also had to learn the accent Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther) had developed, which included “three different clicks, like three different letters.”
The start of shooting was also when Nyong’o first read the movie’s script. She agreed to be in the film without seeing it, but once she had the screenplay in hand, she marked the pages with notes. That initial conversation with Marvel and director Ryan Coogler apparently had Nyong’o thinking, “Wait a minute? This is a Marvel movie?” It was the political themes that attracted her to it.
“We were creating an aspirational world where an African people are in charge of their own destiny,” she told THR. “And that really appealed to me and had the little girl inside me jumping for joy. To just have African people, black people, at the center of that narrative is so exciting.”
If that’s not enough to pump you up even more for the film, Nyong’o also described Nakia further by calling her "a rebel but a loyalist at the same time” who “wants to go her own way but also wants to serve her nation."
Luckily, we have less than a month until we get to see Nakia and the rest of Black Panther’s stellar cast in action, as the film is set for release Feb. 16.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)