Viola Davis Says Chadwick Boseman Hated The "Celebrity Treatment"

    "It's like what Issa Rae said: He was ours as African Americans."

    The late, great actor Chadwick Boseman's final film appearance will be in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, which hits Netflix on Dec. 18.

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    Directed by George C. Wolfe, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is based off August Wilson's Tony-winning play of the same name.

    Chadwick stars in the film alongside Viola Davis, who recently opened up about working with him in an InStyle cover story.

    Viola Davis as Ma Rainey

    "He was a beautiful man and a great artist," she stated. "It’s like what Issa Rae said: He was ours as African Americans."

    Chadwick Boseman as Levee, Glynn Turman as Toldeo, Michael Potts as Slow Drag, Colman Domingo as Cutler in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    "He was someone who had a quality that very few have today, whether young or old, which is a total commitment to the art form of acting. Regardless of ego, regardless of any of it. He was with the same agent he had when he started his career."

    Chadwick Boseman performing as James Brown in the film Get On Up

    Davis also opened up about Chadwick's tendency to shy away from what she referred to as "celebrity treatment."

    Chadwick A Boseman on the GET ON UP Premiere red carpet in 2014

    "He hated that. He really did," she said. "We actually had a little discussion about that. He said, 'Viola, I don’t mind the work. I don’t mind all the hours. It’s the other stuff that exhausts me.'"

    Chadwick Boseman attends the 47th Annual American Music Awards

    "He hated the celebrity part," Viola claimed, before admitting that he was far from alone. "I have to say, we all do. Because we have to be a persona that we just don’t know."

    Viola Davis as Ma Rainey

    Viola's words echo those of Chadwick's former colleagues like Black Panther costar Letitia Wright, who wrote in a tribute that he was "a soul so beautiful, when you walked into a room, there was calm."

    Chadwick Boseman and Letitia Wright hugging each other at the 50th NAACP Image Awards

    As Viola, Letitia, and many others continue to share, Chadwick was an irreplaceable talent that will continue to be missed.

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