He plays the lead in the massively successful Black Panther movie. And now Chadwick Boseman has revealed that he may not have gotten to where he is now without the indirect help of Denzel Washington. For years, Hollywood has been buzzing with rumors of Denzel Washington of funding acting school for the highly-demanded Boseman.
The 41-year-old South Carolina native shared more of the story, which he originally told to Rolling Stone, on a recent installment of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.
In the original interview, Chadwick revealed that while taking an acting class from Phylicia Rashad, who played Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, she encouraged him to study theater at the prestigious Oxford University in the U.K. during a summer program. While he and friends were accepted to said program, they couldn’t afford to go. That’s when Rashad stepped in and ‘essentially got some celebrity friends to pay for us to go,’ he told the magazine. Though he wouldn’t originally say who paid, outside of insisting it was not Bill Cosby, Boseman finally relented, admitting ‘Denzel paid for me.’