MCU Star Anthony Mackie says that he can’t bring himself to watch Chadwick Boseman’s last performance in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. And the reason for it is that it is too emotional an experience for him right now.
Watching Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is too much for Anthony Mackey
While talking to Extra, Mackey revealed that both Chadwick Boseman and the play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom hold a very special place in his heart. Both of them mean too much to him, saying:
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom holds a very special place. With the relationship to that … and my relationship to Chad, I haven’t been able to pull myself to the point, emotionally, to be able to sit and take that experience in because I wouldn’t be able to watch it for the performance and the art; it would just be too emotional of a process for me.
The 2003 Broadway play upon which the movie is based has special meaning for Mackie. This is because he starred in that very play, and seeing Chadwick Boseman in something so close to him is very difficult for him to do. Mackie and Boseman have worked together in several films in the MCU. However, the two were close for years as they met in college. Mackie said:
I met Chad in ’98, ’99, so I’ve known him, I knew him for a long time. What was great about Chad … unlike everybody else today, Chad kept his circle close to his vest. He kept his world very private … That’s one thing, one of the things, that we had in common.
Both Boseman and Mackie starred together for the first time in Captain America: Civil War. And the two enjoyed a lot of scenes together as well, as they further appeared together in Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War.
Chadwick Boseman can win awards for his last role
Boseman is getting a lot of rightly deserved praise for his performance in the film too. His co-star Colman Domingo said that watching him act felt “like God was in the room,” in reference to a very emotional monologue where Boseman broke down.
Moreover, Boseman is highly tipped to be nominated as well as win the Oscar for best actor in a movie. If he does get nominated, he will become only the seventh actor in the Academy’s history to receive one posthumously. In fact, Boseman has already won awards for his role, like the Actor Tribute Award at the Gotham Awards, with his widow Simone Ledward accepting the award on his behalf, who also gave a wonderful speech.