Marvel stars might not know, but it looks like Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington actually helped finance Black Panther's Chadwick Boseman acting studies at Oxford.
Boseman just recently spoke with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Showabout Black Panther and there the Marvel star opened up about how he ended up taking acting classes at Oxford.
Boseman was attending Howard University in Washington DC and had a few classes under The Cosby Show star Phylicia Rashad. Rashad wanted to help a few of her students to fly overseas for an exchange program at Oxford, so she gathered some funds from a few of her famous friends. It wasn't until after Boseman returned from the exchange program that he learned that Washington was actually his beneficiary.
"I didn't have money to pay for this, and so she [Rashad] got a few of her friends together and, you know, they paid for us to go. I didn't know at first – when I came back – and I've basically been holding this secret my whole career, [but] when I came back I got a beneficiary letter. And it said, ‘Denzel Washington paid for you.' You know, and I was like, ‘What?'"
The Marvel star kept the story to himself for years because he was hoping to thank Washington personally, saying he wanted to tell the actor how much the sponsorship meant to him. Boseman got to do so right before his cover story on Rolling Stone which is the first publication to ever mention the story.
Now, with Black Panther out, we're pretty sure that Boseman has a bright acting career ahead of him inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Black Panther is currently screening in cinemas.