What You Might Not Have Known About Some Black Panther Actors


Raging Movie, Black Panther recently reached 1 billion in box office and the movie is still being showed in cinemas all over the world. For a movie that has achieved such success it is normal that the actors behind each character become a source of fascination to fans.  Almost every actor in the cast of the first black hero movie have special stories but here are the ones you might want to know about;

Denzel Washington Paid Chadwick Boseman’s School Tuition But Never Met Him

When stars from the hit movie were interviewed by various reporters it was discovered that Famous actor Denzel Washington had paid for the main character (Black Panther) Chadwick Boseman’s tuition fee while he was in school. The actor however admitted that he never met Denzel but was only told that the person who had paid for the tuition fee was Denzel.

Letitia Wright Left Acting To Find Christ

Everyone loves Letitia Wright who played the Wakanda Princess Shuri. Shuri was a beauty with brains princess but that’s not why her story is unique. Speaking in an interview after the movie release Letitia said she had quit acting to establish her faith in Christ. She revealed that she needed to concentrate on her faith which might not have been possible had she remained in the industry. The movie Black Panther is Letitia’s big come back and she says God made it possible.

The Oldest Black Panther Actor Started Her Career At Age 88

Like all these actors don’t have weird personal stories enough, the one which surprised many is that of the oldest actor in the movie Dorothy Steel. Steel who recently clocked 92 played the elder of one of the clans in Wakanda. She admitted that she had not always been an actress and had infact started her career at an age where most would have given up on their dream of becoming an actor. She started acting at the age of 88.


Winston Duke and Lupita Nyong’o Were Friends From Drama School

Winston Duke who played the role of M’baku in the movie while speaking to reporters on how he overcame any tension during the shoot had said he had always turn to his longtime friend Lupita Nyong’o. Black Panther is Duke’s first major movie and according to him he was grateful he had a good friend to put his through and help him handle whatever anxiety he might have experienced. Lupita and Duke had attended drama school together and have been great friends since then.


The inspiring and real life stories of these actors presents much more to the audience. It tells the world that whether you are black or white, your stories will eventually be heard.  So like every other person in the society who’s got some fascinating stories to tell about their success, it boils down to something, No Matter What Happens To You, Be Who You Are, Chase Your Dreams as espoused in Beyonce’s Rise Up.

Black Panther: This Twitter Story Of Michael B Jordan and Teenager Is Trending

Still on the Black Panther fever a twitter user innocently tweeted a picture of Black Panther villain Michael B Jordan with and without a shirt saying ladies needed to get a man who could do both.

This simple tweet lead a 17 year old Sophia get to get connected with the actor as a dentist went on social media to reveal that his 17-year-old female patient broke her retainer when she clenched her teeth too hard because she was amazed by Michael B Jordan’s bare chest in Black Panther.

The dentist’s post soon went viral and the patient tweeted that she was the one he was talking about. But what the girl did not expect to get was both the attention of Michael B Jordan and Teen Vogue.

First, Teen Vogue got in touch with her for an interview because she broke her retainer while thirsting after Michael B Jordan. Then Michael also saw the tweet and started following the teenager on Twitter. Then he promised to replace the retainers with the girl’s permission.

Sophia has now gone viral with so many media outlets asking to interview her. Mia, the dentist who shared the story, has also been receiving praises from people who say he made his patient a star by exposing her.


Black Panther’s Oldest Actress Shares Unique And Inspiring Story

The oldest Black Panther actor 92 year old Dorothy Steel has revealed that she started pursuing her acting career at the age of 88.

The actor who recently turned 92 last week revealed in an article with Atlanta’s WSB-TV that although she didn’t immediately become a star she came into spotlight as she featured in the most talked about Marvel movie, Black Panther where she portrayed one of the leaders in Wakanda.

Steel said during the interview: “If anyone would have told me I would be an actor, I would’ve said you got to be out of your mind.”

Steel said that she sent her audition tape into Marvel last year and the response was immediate.

“We sent it in and an hour later they said, ‘Who is that old lady? We want her.'”

Steel has a handful of movie credits but Black Panther is her largest.

Of the success, Steel said: ““It was just amazing, it truly was.”

She went on to explain what it was like to be on the set every day, saying: “Chadwick the King. Every day, he would make sure if I was on the set, he would come by and make sure he gave me a big old hug and kiss.”

Steel said she became the grandmother on the set for the movie that she describes as a movement.

“We were one big melting pot of black people and we knew we were doing something that had never been done before. Ya know?” she said.


Director And Co-Writer Of ‘Black Panther’, Ryan Coogler Pens Emotional Letter To Fans

Ryan Coogler who is the director and co-writer of Marvel studio’s worldwide blockbuster “Black Panther” has released a letter expressing his gratitude for the success of the film.

The letter which was posted on Marvel’s official Instagram and Twitter account, he said that the love shown so far to the actors and crew of the must watch movie, often moved him and his wife to tears.

Read the letter below.

Black Panther Earns $75.8 Million On First Day

In what appears to be a positive opening in the Box Office, Marvel’s Black Panther has earned a whopping $75.8 million on its first day, including $25.2m in Thursday previews.

Forbes reports that this was the fourth-biggest superhero opening day in history, behind The Avengers ($80m), Batman v Superman ($81m) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($84m).

It’s the second-biggest pre-summer launch behind Batman v Superman ($81m), the top single day gross for a solo superhero movie, the biggest single day for a movie not directed by a white male, the eighth-biggest opening day ever and the very biggest single day ever for a non-sequel movie.

It earned $50.6 million on its “pure” Friday (minus the Thursday previews). That is just over/under the likes of Batman v Superman ($53m), Iron Man 3 ($53m), Furious 7 ($50m), The Dark Knight ($49m), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($48m), Spider-Man 3 ($48m), Captain America: Civil War ($48m) and Beauty and the Beast ($48m). That’s the biggest “pure Friday” gross for a non-sequel.

CBR is predicting that the movie should generate an estimate of $200 million by Monday, February 19, 2018.

A sequel has yet to be officially announced, although Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige has already confirmed he wants director Ryan Coogler to return to helm a potential sequel.

Now in theaters, Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa /Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka /Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue.

PHOTOS: Essence Magazine Features Cast Of Black Panther On Their March Edition

While some of us really want the movie Black Panther to stop being talked about so it doesn’t heighten our expectations,  we can’t help but say the publicist of this movie is by far the craziest I recent times.

The cast of the American superhero film graced the cover of Essence Magazine’s March 2018 edition.

The male cast members – Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya and Forrest Whitaker – graced one cover and the female cast members – Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright  – graced another.

The cast members and their director Ryan Coogler all sat down with the magazine to discuss why the fictional African nation of Wakanda feels so urgent in today’s society.