Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman says that Denzel Washington helped pay for a portion of his college and talks about meeting the Malcolm X actor for the first time. Boseman and the rest of the cast and crew of Black Panther are enjoying the intense success of the record breaking movie. Now in its third week in theaters, it has sprinted past DC's Wonder Woman worldwide box office earnings to become the highest grossing origin story super hero movie in history. The Marvel movie shows no signs of stopping and is on track to cross the billion-dollar milestone.
41-year old Chadwick Boseman took acting classes from Phylicia Rashad, who is probably best known for portraying Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Rashad took Boseman and some of his peers aside and urged them to apply for a theater program at the prestigious Oxford University in the U.K. Chadwick Boseman said that he and his peers got into the program, but they could not afford it, so he discloses that Phylicia Rashad hit up some celebrity friends to help sponsor the acting students.
Chadwick Boseman said that nobody knew who paid for their summer courses at Oxford while they were attending classes but found out later who their benefactors were. He quickly denied that it was Bill Cosby and instead reveals that Denzel Washington was the person who paid for his courses at Oxford. Boseman said he was really excited to write the thank you letter to Washington and that he had been waiting to meet him ever since he found out about the generous gift that the actor had given him.
Fast forward to the World Premiere of Black Panther and Denzel Washington was in attendance. Chadwick Boseman says that he approached Washington and told him that he had paid for his acting courses at Oxford. Boseman said, "I got to tell you something... you paid for me to go to school." Washington nonchalantly replied, "Oh, so that's why I'm here, you owe me money! I came to collect!" One can tell that Chadwick Boseman loves recalling the story and he's still grateful that he was able to further pursue his acting education at Oxford University after all of these years.
Black Panther has been hailed as a cultural and social phenomenon and is still selling out theaters in its third week of release. Chadwick Boseman has been out doing press for the movie and surprised moviegoers during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Moviegoers were asked to speak to a Black Panther poster featuring Boseman to tell the actor what the movie meant to them, which would later be sent to the actor. However, Fallon and Boseman hid behind a curtain and surprised the fans who were sharing their stories. You can check out the video of Chadwick Boseman's Denzel Washington story as well as him surprising Black Panther fans below, thanks to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon's YouTube channel.