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10 Chadwick Boseman Roles, Ranked

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On August 28th, 2020, Chadwick Boseman passed away at the age of 43. His loss left heavy hearts all around the world, and that loss is still felt even two years after his death. The recent release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has sparked more celebrations of Boseman’s life and career as the MCU movie honors his legacy.


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Even though his death was untimely, Boseman had been in tons of films that showcased his acting skills and entertained millions. His versatile acting helped him have a successful career, and while he will always be dearly missed, fans have his exciting filmography to remember him by.

10/10 Thoth Is Wise And Useful

Gods of Egypt

Thoth - Chadwick Boseman - in Gods of Egypt

Boseman was known for playing more dramatic roles, so his role as Thoth, the God of Wisdom in Gods of Egypt was a breath of fresh air in his filmography. The fantasy film Gods of Egypt was released in 2016 and was met with some pretty harsh reviews, but Boseman stood out as one of the movie’s highlights.

Boseman’s performance as Thoth was filled with wisecracking moments as he helped the heroes embark on a journey to destroy Set. Thoth is arrogant and confident, a perfect interpretation of a god.

9/10 Jacob King Is Forgotten But Powerful

Message from the King

Jacob King in Message from the King

Arguably Boseman’s least well-known film, 2016’s Message from the King starred Boseman as Jacob King. King leaves Cape Town and travels to Los Angeles to avenge his sister’s murder. While it certainly wasn’t Boseman’s biggest role, Jacob King put the actor’s skills to the test as his character deals with his underlying trauma and the corruption of those he’s investigating.

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Boseman was undoubtedly a great action star. Message from the King was one of his first big action films, filled with shootouts and chase scenes. Even in a film with little media attention, Boseman gave it his all.

8/10 Vontae Mack Was A Different Type Of Role For Boseman

Draft Day

Chadwick Boseman as Vontae Mack

The world of sports is a very competitive place, and entry-level drafts for any professional sports league are stressful times for players who are looking to begin their careers. Draft Day is the perfect depiction of what it’s like on draft day.

Boseman played Vontae Mack, a linebacker for the Ohio State Buckeyes who is attempting to convince the Cleveland Browns to draft him instead of Bo Callahan, a stud quarterback projected to go first overall. Mack is an overly-confident character who has all the attributes of a young stud athlete. This was very different from Boseman’s other roles, but he nailed it nonetheless.

7/10 Stormin Norman Has Heart

Da 5 Bloods

Chadwick Boseman in Da 5 Bloods

Fans are lucky that they got to see Boseman collaborate with Spike Lee, as the two worked together on the film Da 5 Bloods. The film received commercial and critical acclaim for its performances and plot. Da 5 Bloods follows a group of Black veterans who go back to Vietnam in search of their fallen leader’s body. This leader is Stormin Norman, played by Boseman.

Though Boseman was only on screen for 12 minutes of the long film, he certainly made an impact. As Stormin Norman, Boseman was captivating in every scene and was one of the best parts of Da 5 Bloods.

6/10 Thurgood Marshall Is A Historical Character

Marshall

Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall

Boseman wasn’t afraid to play characters of great importance, as his filmography is filled with the Black American icons he played in various biopics. He played the titular character in Marshall, Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Unsurprisingly, Boseman shone in this film.

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Boseman excellently showed the frustration of dealing with racism in the justice system as Marshall tried to rise in the ranks. His performance was the standout of Marshall and another wonderful addition to his filmography.

5/10 Andre Davis Is As Determined As Anyone

21 Bridges

Chadwick Boseman in 21 Bridges

21 Bridges follows Chadwick Boseman’s Andre Davis, an NYPD officer who investigates the murders of seven cops and a drug theft by having Manhattan shut down. 21 Bridges is a decent crime thriller, and Boseman gave an outstanding performance in the lead role.

Andre Davis is everything a person would look for in a disgruntled cop; tough, determined, and smart. The actor delivered on all fronts, from the action scenes to the emotional stops. There’s no denying that without Boseman, who served as a producer and lead actor, 21 Bridges wouldn’t have been as successful.

4/10 Boseman Played James Brown In The Singer’s Biopic

Get on Up

Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up

Yet another biopic under Boseman’s belt, Get on Up follows the life of singer James Brown from the depths of poverty to his rise in the music industry. Boseman played the lead role, and his performance earned praise from critics.

It’s no doubt that playing the legendary James Brown was difficult, but as Boseman was a phenomenal actor, he was the perfect casting choice. Brown had a very particular look and sound, both of which Boseman perfected. From the way Brown spoke and sang to his mannerisms, the late actor absolutely transformed into Brown.

3/10 Boseman Earned A Golden Globe As Levee Green

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Chadwick Boseman

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, an adaptation of the play by August Wilson, was released after Boseman’s death. The movie follows a blues band, led by Ma Rainey, as they attempt to record a song on a hot day in 1927. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom tackles all sorts of heavy topics, with racism and the treatment of Black people in the music industry at the forefront.

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Boseman featured alongside Viola Davis and together, they deliver one of the best duo performances of 2020. The late actor played Levee Green, a troubled trumpet player who joins the band and has big dreams. Levee is at the center of the tensions in the recording studio, and Boseman’s portrayal earned him a posthumous Golden Globe for Best Actor.

2/10 Jackie Robinson Broke The Color Barrier

42

Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey in 42

Every year on April 15th, Major League Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day to honor the man who broke the color barrier in baseball and effectively, in all of sports. Boseman became the modern face of this celebration after playing Robinson in the biopic 42.

It’s hard to effectively play a historical figure as important as Jackie Robinson and still leave a personal mark, yet that’s exactly what Boseman did. He gracefully played Robinson, whose struggles with racism and making history were at the forefront of 42. Robinson was a hugely influential historical figure who paved the way for generations of baseball players, and Boseman was the best option to portray that on the big screen.

1/10 Boseman Was Black Panther

Black Panther

Chadwick Boseman at the Black Panther.

Robert Downey Jr. will forever be Iron Man, Chris Evans will forever be Captain America, and Chadwick Boseman will forever be Black Panther. It’s hard to remember that he only played the protector of Wakanda in four films because of the mark he left on the MCU as the first Black actor to have his own solo movie.

T’Challa is a strong leader and king of Wakanda. The role earned Boseman universal fame and he became synonymous with the Marvel Comics character. There’s a reason that so many fans, as well as the cast and crew, didn’t want to see him get recast. 2022’s Wakanda Forever further honors Boseman’s legacy with tributes.

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