Chadwick Boseman: Fit For A King
Social media was lit on fire during the 2017 NBA Finals Game 4, and it wasn’t because of the game. It was because the official trailer dropped on the highly-anticipated film, Black Panther, made it’s debut. It amassed 89 million views in just it’s first 24 hours! People on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook all shared their joy to see a full-length film about a Black superhero from Africa. The title character is played by Chadwick Boseman, who starred in other iconic roles such as Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown in Get On Up.
The actor, who first appeared as in Captain America: Civil War, has been gearing up to shoot the highly-anticipated Marvel film with director Ryan Coogler. In the new film, Creed star Michael B. Jordan is set to play the lead villain, and after Jordan’s appearance in Creed, everyone can’t wait to see what he does as a bad guy.
Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of Captain America: Civil War, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as king. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s is tested both as king and Black Panther when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
T’Challa’s appearance was one of the best parts of Civil War, and that has made Black Panther a must-see for Marvel fans. Boseman leads a stacked cast that includes Jordan as Erik Killmonger, a Wakandan exile who wants to overthrow the new king, and Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, a member of the the Dora Milaje, an elite force of all-female bodyguards.
Black Panther’s abilities include expert fighting skills and enhanced strength, speed, agility, stamina, and durability, so Boseman wants to be prepared both physically and mentally.
Boseman began working out to portray Black Panther as far back as November of 2014, even though the character wouldn’t appear on film until the 2016 film and his own film doesn’t debut until 2018.
It takes many actors, even some of the fittest ones, months if not years to be able to transform their bodies into comic book characters, and that was a challenge Boseman didn’t take lightly. He kept quiet into the type of workouts he was doing, other than to say he focused on strength and flexibility.
But according to his social media and the action movie legends he trains with, Boseman may be training with some form of Muay Thai. Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science of Eight Limbs”, because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” (fists) in boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in other more regulated combat sports, such as kickboxing and savate. A practitioner of muay Thai is known as a nak muay.
On Chadwick’s instagram he states that, “The purpose of training is to…