Chadwick Boseman “never” saw himself as an actor.
The Black Panther star admits he didn’t consider a career in the film industry or on stage because he wasn’t “raised to be the centre of attention”.
He said: “I didn’t ever see myself on stage, or in front of the camera. Part of that is personality. I wasn’t necessarily raised to be the centre of attention.
“But I always had a story, a song, or a soundtrack going on in my head. I just never saw it as something you were supposed to do.”
And the 41-year-old actor loves using his Hollywood fame to support his parents.
He added to The Times newspaper’s Saturday Review: “Being able to do things for your family is more significant to me. My parents were always frugal when I was growing up. They sacrificed a lot for us. So paying for something my dad wants is very meaningful to me. He can’t grasp it, though. Like, ‘I can still fix this old car!’ And I have to say, ‘No, Dad. Let’s do away with that. We’re getting a new one!’”
Meanwhile, Chadwick previously confessed he was surprised that a studio backed Black Panther, in which he plays the titular character.
He said: “I never thought I would see a studio say, ‘Yeah, we are going to put the money behind this movie with a mostly black cast.’ Sometimes, as African Americans, we have the ‘black version’ and it’s never as good. They never put as much into it and so it made me more idealistic, and I think that’s aspirational for not just myself, but for other people, and not just film, but in other arenas … . We wanted to make a superhero movie, but that’s not the most important thing here. People will love the superhero movie if they get this other thing from it.”