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Boseman Wasn’t Sure If He Could Fill James Brown’s Shiny Shoes

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He’s known for his roles in TV shows like ABC Family’s Lincoln Heights and Persons Unknown, but there’s definitely more to him than what meets the eye.

Chadwick Boseman (32) was born in the small city of Anderson, South Carolina. The star attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he received a bachelor’s of Fine Arts in directing. He went on to attend the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. He got his start at acting in theatrical plays like Breathe, Bootleg Blues, and Zooman. In 2002, he won the AUDELCO Award for his role as “EJ” in Ron Milner’s Urban Transitions: Loose Blossoms. The work nor the recognition for the thespian would not be in short supply after that.

Boseman is a man of just few big blockbuster titles, but what he has shown us in his career thus far is his raw, undefined talent that has been proved incomparable in Hollywood. Th exactor has been in several shot films such as Date (2004), LadyLike (2006), and The Appointment (2007). Around the same time, he also made built his name making appearances in TV shows like All My Children (2003), Law & Order (2004), and CSI:NY (2006).  Then came his blockbuster debut as he played a college football star named, Floyd Little in the Ernie Davis biopic, The Express (2008). The part may have a small reference, but the significance was so powerful, he attracted TV producers for shows like ABC Family’s Lincoln Heights (2009) has he had a reoccurring role as Nathaniel Ray Taylor, and NBC’s Persons Unknown (2010), where he played a Sergeant in the Military.
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Just a few years later with a couple guest appearances on TV shows and a starring role in the film, The Kill Hole (2012) later, he would receive his own shot at portraying a historic athlete in 42 (2013) as he played the first African-American to enter Major League Baseball, Brooklyn Dodger, Jackie Robinson. This role really showed the world that this young, handsome, Black actor was indeed “it.” So it was no surprise when it was first announced that Boseman would play the “Godfather of Soul” himself, James Brown in the biopic, Get On Up (Release Date: August 1, 14). Everyone seemed to be on board… except Chad. This film was directed by Tate Taylor, the same director responsible for The Help (2011) and produced by Rolling Stones frontman, Mick Jagger so it’s understandable that Boseman would be a bit intimidated.

In a recent interview, Chad tells Huffington Post how he never really saw himself playing James Brown. He also expressed some anxiety about learning some of Brown signature dance moves like the “Camel Walk” or the “Mashed Potatoes”and of course mastering that indescribable voice. All and all, Boseman had reservations all the way up to the shooting of the film, but he surpassed them as he grew to truly study, immolate, then become the hardest working man in show business. We’ll be on the look out to see if he can “get on up” like the man himself on August 1.

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