‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’: Chadwick Boseman Stayed Upbeat and Positive During His 2019 Interview

Black Panther made history for Marvel fans, as the movie was the first in the franchise to feature a predominantly Black cast. And Chadwick Boseman attained superstardom when he played T’Challa in 2018. He was soon making his rounds for interviews and eventually landed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Boseman died of colon cancer at the age of 43 in 2020. Despite having cancer while visiting DeGeneres’ talk show, he didn’t miss a beat — and no one knew of his diagnosis at the time, either.

Chadwick Boseman died from colon cancer at 43 years old

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Boseman first attained fame in his late 30s with his role as Jackie Robinson in 42. But after a few more successes and his greatest achievement in Black Panther, fans were excited to see him go on to play plenty more amazing characters. Sadly, he died at the age of 43 from colon cancer, Buzzfeed News reports. And the impact of Boseman’s death was greatly felt by the community.

“Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV,” Twitter announced on Aug. 28, 2020. “A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. … He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.”

It seems Boseman may have hinted at the diagnosis back in 2017 during an interview with The Huffington Post, too. A reporter commented on the actor’s fluctuating weight. “Oh, you don’t even know. You have no idea,” Boseman said in response to a comment about being put “through the wringer.” “One day I’ll live to tell the story.”

Boseman seems happy and positive on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

Boseman gained a ton of notoriety and fame after Black Panther, and he was invited to take a seat on the stage of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2019. Throughout the segment, Boseman looks happy as can be to sit with the comedian and chat with her about his films.

The talk switches to how Boseman stays in shape for his roles mid-interview. Despite Boseman’s cancer diagnosis, he continues on with the conversation and explains that he still keeps his body in the best shape he can.

“Are you constantly having to stay in shape because of these movies that you’re doing?” DeGeneres asked.

“What I try to do is I try to change for whatever the role is,” Boseman answered. “You can never really get out of shape if you’re playing a superhero. I change my size.”

Boseman then told DeGeneres that he was doing “mostly just cardio” to stay in shape for the roles he’s given. And he added that he’s also focused on maintaining flexibility.

“You need that as you get older,” DeGeneres commented. “Not that you’re getting older.”

“I am,” Boseman said back. “By the second.”

Fans think his presence on the talk show speaks volumes

Chadwick Boseman attends the 50th NAACP Image Awards
Chadwick Boseman attends the 50th NAACP Image Awards | Rich Fury/FilmMagic

Despite the questions about his changing size, Boseman doesn’t miss a beat with DeGeneres — and he genuinely appeared very happy to spend time with the comedian and talk with her about his roles new and old. Fans commented on the clip and think it speaks volumes about his character, too.

“The brother was going through cancer treatment and never missed a step,” one fan commented. “Be nice people … you never know what others are going through.”

“It’s so surprising to see him sitting there,” another wrote. “He’s got stage three or four colon cancer [and] he’s sitting there like it’s nothing if that’s not strength I don’t know what is.”

“The minute Ellen asks about his figure and changing his body … he looked away looking for an answer,” another commented. “You can see he didn’t expect the question and it was uncomfortable. May he continue to rest in heaven.”

Boseman is greatly missed amongst fellow celebrities and fans alike.

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