Denzel Washington has mentored many actors who have come behind him, one of which is Chadwick Boseman. The two met when Boseman was set to attend college and needed financial backing. They remained close up until Boseman’s death in 2019. Washington shared a funny memory of his beloved friend in an interview a few years ago and it is making the rounds again.
Denzel Washington says he asked Chadwick Boseman at his movie premiere
Washington famously helped pay for the Black Panther star’s education at Oxford. During a recent appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in 2018 Washington joked about going to the Black Panther premiere and asking Boseman for his money back that he invested in Boseman’s education.
“Phylicia Rashad was helping kids and she called different people. She called me and I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll sponsor whoever,’ and he called to thank me. That’s how I found out it was him. You’re sponsoring this kid, this Chadwick Boseman guy. And I said, ‘Yeah, OK Chad, I want my money back.’ So I went to the premiere for Black Panther here in New York. And I saw Ryan Coogler and Chad. He said, ‘Oh I just wanted to thank you for paying.’ I said, ‘Yeah, that’s why I’m here. I’m not here to see the movie. I like the movie, Black Panther, Wakanda Forever, but where’s my money?'” Washington joked.