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    Denzel Washington Says He Could Tell Something Was Wrong While Chadwick Boseman Was Making "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"

    "He suffered quietly."

    You know Denzel Washington — and you might know that he produced last year's excellent Oscar-nominated film Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

    Washington smiles at an event

    The film was also Chadwick Boseman's final performance before succumbing to colon cancer in 2020.

    Boseman looks of-camera

    In an interview with Variety, Washington talked about how he didn't know Boseman was dealing with his illness while on set — but he could tell he was not feeling great at times.

    Denzel smiles at an event

    "A man among men," Washington said of Boseman's performance. "He suffered quietly. He made the movie, and nobody knew. I didn't know."

    Boseman plays the trumpet

    "He never said a peep about it. He just did his job."

    Boseman sits against a piano

    "I wondered if something was wrong because he seemed weak or tired sometimes," Washington admitted. "We had no idea, and it was nobody's business. Good for him, keeping it to himself."

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    Read the entire interview here.