When news came of Chadwick Boseman’s passing, I was, like many people, shocked. He hadn’t let out how sick he was or for how long. He was a young man, younger than me, and he never let on he may have been dying in most if not every movie I saw him in. I don’t think I’ve been this surprised by a celebrity death since Robin Williams.
So, for this silly feature I do most weeks, here’s Boseman reprising his most famous character on Saturday Night Live.
Of all the performance Boseman gave, why choose this one? Simply put, I like how much he gives into something so silly. It would be easy to just read the cue cards and try to get a laugh, but Boseman here is really enjoying himself and there’s a bit of something there beyond simply reciting the lines. Like, he isn’t just doing a bit; he’s actually King T’Challa on a game show with rules he doesn’t quite understand at first.
Besides, when T’Challa does figure out the right answer, it’s a thing of beauty.