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Viola Davis 'lost it' when she found out about co-star Chadwick Boseman's death

Viola Davis 'lost it' when she found out about co-star Chadwick Boseman's death
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Viola Davis "lost it" after receiving the news her Ma Rainey's Black Bottom co-star Chadwick Boseman had died.

The Black Panther actor, who lost his battle with cancer in August, filmed the Netflix movie, about the African-American blues singer, with Davis in the summer of 2019.

Speaking on Britain's The Graham Norton Show, the actress paid tribute to her late co-star, admitting she was "so surprised" by the tragic news as she was in the dark about his illness.

"When I found out he was gone, I lost it," she said. "I saw him thin and tired, but there are a lot of thin, tired actors in our business - it's an exhausting profession.

"But I cannot see his life as tragic because of his integrity and authenticity - he had those in great supply... He was a character actor in the body of a leading man."

For the movie, which is streaming now, the actress underwent a physical transformation, with Davis revealing she "told the costume designer, 'I want to look like Aretha Franklin, that's the body I want'."

"The boobs are all mine, but I also had a lot of padding," she recalled. "The padding had such an effect on me - when I put it on I felt liberated, I felt way more sexy than I am, and I also felt way more ownership of my body. I was surprised, but I loved it."

 

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