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“I Wish We Had More Time”: Michael B. Jordan Writes Tribute To Chadwick Boseman

“You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here,” Jordan wrote.

Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman at the Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" Global Junket Press Conference on January 30, 2018 | Getty Images
Michael B. Jordan and Chadwick Boseman at the Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" Global Junket Press Conference on January 30, 2018 | Getty Images

Actor and “Black Panther” star Michael B. Jordan wrote a heartfelt tribute to his friend and co-star, Chadwick Boseman, whose death from colon cancer was announced last week. 

On August 28, Boseman’s official Twitter account announced the actor had died in his home with his family around him after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. He was 43. 

Twitter announced that it was the most-liked tweet ever, amassing more than 7.6 million likes as of Tuesday. 

Celebrities, including several Marvel co-stars, have posted their own tributes for Boseman after his death. On Monday, Jordan did the same. 

“I wish we had more time,” Jordan wrote in an Instagram caption along with several pictures of the two actors. “I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything.”

Jordan wrote that Boseman “paved the way” for him, adding, “You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy.” 

Jordan starred alongside Boseman in the superhero megahit, “Black Panther,” and made history as part of a predominantly Black cast with a Black director, Ryan Coogler. The movie made $1.34 billion at the box office worldwide and secured three Oscar wins — the first win for any Marvel Studios film — and seven nominations. The roles catapulted both actors into global stardom.

Coogler wrote a detailed tribute to Boseman, saying the actor “was a special person” and spoke at length about his contributions to the film. 

“When preparing for the film, he would ponder every decision, every choice, not just for how it would reflect on himself, but how those choices could reverberate,” Coogler wrote. “I wasn't sure I knew what I was doing. But I look back and realize that Chad knew something we all didn't. He was playing the long game. All while putting in the work. And work he did.”

Jordan wrote in his post that Boseman told him the two were “forever linked.” 

“Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever,” Jordan wrote. “But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are.”

“You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here,” Jordan continued. 

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I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything. I wish we had more time. One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness. I wish we had more time. Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here. I wish we had more time. I'm more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is! Rest In Power Brother.

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Boseman played several historic characters outside of his role as T’Challa in “Black Panther”; he played baseball legend Jackie Robinson in “42,” musician James Brown in “Get On Up,” and the first Black Supreme Court justice, Thurgood Marshall, in “Marshall.” 

Other Marvel stars also paid tribute to Boseman after his death, including “Captain America” actor Chris Evans, “Black Panther” actor Angela Bassett, and “Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo.