Chadwick Boseman's death two years ago continues to deeply affect the people who knew and loved him.
"That is something that we have to wrestle with daily on set because there was a gaping hole when it came to his presence," the 38-year-old actor revealed. "You felt it daily. You felt him not being there."
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Boseman, who died of colon cancer in 2020 at age 43, had been diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and had battled it privately for four years as it progressed to stage IV.
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His unexpected passing took Hollywood by surprise — and left an indelible mark on cinema with his award-winning role as the titular character in Black Panther.
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Duke said the set was very different this time around. "He was a very gentle presence of strength, power, and scope," the Tobagonian actor shared on the podcast. "You knew he was there, but he didn't have to say anything. He wasn't walking around with a big ego… You don't realize the impact when they're there. But when they're not, it's apparent. You feel it intrinsically and that was the experience on set daily for a year."
Others working on the film felt the loss too. "I think this film has the fog of loss over it, and anamorphic lenses warp the image a little bit," director and co-writer Ryan Coogler recently told Entertainment Weekly. "Sometimes when you go through profound loss, it can warp how you look at the world."
"What we were after was just making it feel tactile, even though it felt like a dream," added the filmmaker, 36. "The film should feel like a really wild dream that you would have, but where everything felt like it was really there."
Duke's interview hit the same day the second trailer dropped for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters Nov. 11