Mr Porter‘s weekly style guide “The Journal” features “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman photographed by Bjorn Iooss and styled by Mitchell Belk.
On whether “Black Panther” is part of a cultural and political moment: “Yeah, I hope so. But I hesitate to jump on that ‘Oh, it’s a movement’ thing. Because it depends on how it opens. I mean, it’s got to happen first, right?” He laughs. “People need to show up and not bootleg it.”
On getting the call to play the part of Black Panther as he was about to walk the red carpet for the premiere of “Get On Up”: “They said they had a role they wanted me to play, and was I interested,” he says. “But they never said what it was. That’s how Marvel is. So I ran through the parts in my head – ‘Let’s see, [Anthony] Mackie’s playing Falcon, Sam Jackson’s Nick Fury…’ And while we’re talking, the limo stopped in front of this antique store – we were trying to get away from these autograph collectors who kept following and knocking on the window. And the window display in this store was all panthers.”
On preparing to play the part of King T’Challa: “I studied that quiet strength, how the body exudes it,” he says. “I looked at Masai warriors, I watched the Shaka Zulu movies. And other leaders like Patrice Lumumba [the Congolese independence leader]. Obama. I listened to Mandela’s speeches in my trailer.”
[Photo Credit: Bjorn Iooss/Mr Porter]