A recent video of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman posted on Instagram has created quite the stir on social media.
The 42-year-old actor was seeking to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day (he played the iconic figure in the biopic 42) by announcing businessman Thomas Tull’s efforts to provide personal protective equipment worth $4 million dollars to hospitals that service African-American communities. We are all aware that many Black communities around the country have been adversely affected by COVID-19. However, his message ended up taking a backseat to questions about his health. The actor appeared on camera wearing a 42 hat, a nod to Jackie Robinson, looking much skinnier than people are used to.
The confusion was so much so that “Chadwick Boseman” has been trending on Twitter, with people wondering if he’s just slimming down for a role or if something else is going on. Either way, many either expressed their worry, or, looking to make light of everything as usual, told him he needed to eat — a lot.
The actor’s look has actually been transforming for a while now if you’ve paid attention, with early changes happening ahead of the release of Black Panther. He has slowly been getting skinnier, while his hair has grown quite a bit, pretty much all over his head and face. People wondered over the months why he was letting himself get so lean, and there was plenty of conversation around his look at February’s NBA All-Star Game in Chicago (see photo above). The reason for all of this could be Chadwick’s more vegetarian-leaning diet that he picked up while prepping to play T’Challa.
“Yeah, we had a couple of diets. It went through some stages. At first, I was eating a lot of meat, and then I felt like it was too much for the amount of energy we needed to extend every day. So my diet became more vegetarian as we went along,” he told Variety about his preparation for the Marvel hit in 2018. “It’s a lot of eating because there’s a lot of physical activity. The character has to have a lot of agility. It’s like when you see a boxer and he looks like he put on weight, but he actually dropped weight.”
Maybe an affinity for less meat in his diet is behind all this ruckus; that and the fact that when were first introduced to the actor, he was a bit thicker, which some might remember. Hit the flip to see throwback photos of Chadwick and the transformation he’s done, as well as people’s reactions to it:
Boseman in 2010 while appearing on the show Detroit 1-8-7.
“I need black twitter to do its job and find out why is Chadwick Boseman is [sic] so thin,” wrote a Twitter user. “I started to cry looking at him.”
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 20: Boseman Chadwick leaves the “Late Show with David Letterman” at Ed Sullivan Theater on August 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
“Baby I don’t know what he did with that Marvel check but he sure didn’t buy food,” said a commenter about his shocking IG video. “I swear if somebody don’t go and feed Chadwick Boseman.”
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Actor Chadwick Boseman (L) and former Brooklyn Dodger player Don Newcombe during Q & A before a special screening of “42” at Dodger Stadium on July 13, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
“WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT CHADWICK BOSEMAN??” wrote a clearly concerned user in all caps. “IN HIS RECENT POST ON INSTAGRAM HE LOOKS LIKE A STICCCCCK”
BERLIN, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Chadwick Boseman attends a photocall for the film ‘Get on Up’ at Ritz Carlton on September 17, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/WireImage)
“This man been this skinny, y’all jus don’t pay attention, like months ago at the all star break he was already skinny like if y’all really cared for him y’all would’ve been said sum months ago but it’s probably not that serious Chadwick Boseman will be okay,” wrote a Twitter user not very concerned.
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 24: Actor Chadwick Boseman attends the “Gods Of Egypt” New York City premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on February 24, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
“I don’t know what Chadwick Boseman is going through but I hope he’s okay,” wrote a fan on Twitter.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 25: Chadwick Boseman attends the Build Series to discuss the new movie ‘Marshall’ at Build Studio on September 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
“You see what y’all did to Chadwick Boseman with all that ‘Wakanda Forever’ bullsh-t?” said one silly commenter.
MIAMI, FL – SEPTEMBER 13: Chadwick Boseman is on the set of Telemundo Studio to promote Captain America Civil War (DVD Release) on September 13, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)
“Man… I just saw Chadwick Boseman trending—and then I saw that video,” said a commenter. “Is that him so thin?”
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 19: Chadwick Boseman attends the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/AMA2017/FilmMagic for dcp)
“The only thing y’all got from the whole video was his loss of weight?” asked an annoyed fan on Instagram. “Y’all are sad.”
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 08: Chadwick Boseman attends the European Premiere of ‘Black Panther’ at Eventim Apollo on February 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
“For everyone in the comments saying ‘he is so thin’ he has a strict diet and intense training plan to stay bulked up for the black panther role,” said a fan on Instagram. “He probably hasn’t been on that diet and training and has lost most of the size. Sure he is in good health”
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 24: Chadwick Boseman poses in the press room during the 2019 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
“I didn’t know how to say it but your eyes are weary. You are thin. Take care of yourself Mr. Chadwick, Chad,” said a fan on Instagram. “You are still beautiful, an extrodinary [sic] person,actor. Keep God first. He will do the rest. Peace to you and your family.”
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 16: Chadwick Boseman attends the 69th NBA All-Star Game at United Center on February 16, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)