One of the hottest casts this year is gracing EBONY‚Äôs September issue double covers.¬†¬†
Chadwick Boseman, Tika Sumpter and Nelsan Ellis¬†are channeling old Hollywood and oozing some serious sophistication in the cover shot which pays tribute to their new film¬†Get On Up.
Chadwick opened up to EBONY about landing one of the biggest roles in his career so far.¬† After initially shying away from the role of James Brown, he was proud to take it one, especially after beating out 20 other actors for the role.
‚ÄúWhen my manager brought me the script, I didn‚Äôt even want to read it because I knew attempting to play James Brown would just be crazy‚Ä¶He was a complicated man, both good and bad. Once you understand the reasons for his dichotomy, it‚Äôs easier to grasp who he was.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúTrue Blood‚ÄĚ star Nelsan Ellis credits Boseman for setting the bar high. ‚ÄúI thought, ‚ÄėIf I‚Äôm going to act opposite [Chad], I‚Äôll need to prove myself worthy.¬† You‚Äôll see some of the best acting I‚Äôve ever done on this last season of True Blood, and I owe that to Chad.¬† I don‚Äôt know what people‚Äôs reactions will be, but I do want them to see a different side of my acting in this film.‚ÄĚ
Despite her very small role in the film, which was reportedly edited down substantially, actress Tika Sumpter enjoyed the experience. ‚ÄúI wouldn‚Äôt take this time back at all. The talent here elevated my own and has done nothing but push me forward.¬† For me, it‚Äôs not always just about the work; it‚Äôs also about the connection.‚ÄĚ