Chadwick Bozman was honored this weekend by his colleagues from Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downey, Jr. and Don Chedle. Both actors paid tribute to Bozman at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, where he received the Hero of the Centuries Award. The Black Panther dies in August after a long secret battle with colon cancer. Downey Jr. says that during the show Boseman really embodied what it means to be a superhero, and that’s something that has been rehearsed many times in recent months.
Robert DowneyJr. and DonCheadle paid tribute to the late Chadwick Bozeman, who preceded him at the #MTV Awards in the Heroes of the Century category: The biggest ever made. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/EmE5FcPXUM
– MTV (@MTV) 7. December 2020
The MTV Movie and TV Awards usually take place during the summer, but the public health crisis forced the channel to postpone the event. Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheddle appeared in a pre-recorded message talking about Chadwick Bozeman. According to MTV, the Hero of the Age Award is presented to a star whose heroism on screen does not surpass that of the real hero behind the scenes. Downey Jr. should have said that about Bozeman.
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The second time you saw it on screen or had the opportunity to meet it in person, its energy and intensity was unmistakable. Chadwick Bozeman had something special and unusual.
Don Cheddle added: Every time he went on set, he inspired and influenced everyone. And with each role he created a new legion of fans. He had an incredible power to unite people through their love for his work and their respect for him as a person. Cheddle also spent some time reminding people that Chadwick Bozeman wasn’t just a superhero on screen. He should have told me.
Chadwick will always be known as the Black Panther, but he also painted incredibly powerful images of iconic and influential real men who changed the world. He brought humanity and the truth to the image of people who feel more than life, and he did so in a way that honors their memory.
What Robert Downey Jr. and Don Chadle said about Chadwick Bozeman isn’t new. It seems that all those who have been in contact with the deceased actor have said similar things, so his legacy will continue after 2020. Thanks to his gift, Bosman was able to deal with colleagues, fans and strangers in a unique way, and many of these pleasant things were said about the man while he was still alive.
As there were no new films or TV programmes in 2020, MTV decided to go a different way with its annual event. They decided to commemorate the greatest of all time, also known as CANDLE, from the eighties until now. Besides Robert Downey Jr. and Don Chedle were Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar, who played The Kiss of Cruel Intent, and Kevin Bacon, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Gal Gadot, Kevin Hart, Adam Sandler, Jason Segel and Cobra Kai star William Zabka. You can see Chadwick Bozeman’s tribute above, thanks to MTV’s official Twitter account.
Topics: MTV Movie Awards, Black Panther
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