Denzel Washington once paid for Chadwick Boseman to take drama lessons through a program at Balliol College at Oxford University.
The “Black Panther” star has since thanked Washington for being a benefactor, but Washington jokingly said on Thursday that he was waiting for Boseman to return the money to him.
During an interview on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Washington said he met up with Boseman at a “Black Panther” screening and said, “Wakanda Forever, but where’s my money?”
Denzel Washington once funded Chadwick Boseman’s acting classes, and he’s still waiting for the “Black Panther” star to pay him back.
Washington, who’s starring in “The Equalizer 2,” appeared on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Thursday and discussed the role he inadvertently played in Boseman’s becoming a successful actor. Washington famously paid for Boseman to study acting, long before Boseman was in the Marvel movie.
The 63-year-old actor told Colbert that when he saw Boseman and Ryan Coogler, who wrote and directed “Black Panther,” at a New York screening, he jokingly asked the star when he planned on returning his money.
“I saw Ryan Coogler and Chad, and he said, ‘Oh, you know, I just wanted to thank you for paying,’ and I said, yeah, that’s why I’m here. I’m not here to see — I liked the movie, ‘Black Panther,’ yeah, good, Wakanda Forever, but where’s my money?'” Washington recalled.
Earlier this year, Boseman appeared on NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and said Washington was one of the benefactors who gave money to a scholarship program that enabled students at Howard University to study acting in England as part of the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer in Oxford program, held at Balliol College at Oxford University.
Watch the video below (Washington talks about Boseman at 4:11):