Spike Lee remembers Chadwick Boseman while accepting the American Cinematheque honor

The event commemorated Lee’s profession with movies like “Do the Right Thing,” “Malcolm X” and “Jungle Fever.” Jodie Foster hosted the occasion, with Lee ending up being the 34th recipient of the distinguished award.

The director discussed the late star who appeared in his war movie “Da 5 Bloods.”

“The character in my film ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ Stormin’ Norman, the way his brothers view him as like almost mythical. As Clarke Peters’ character says, ‘He’s the world’s greatest soldier.’ They revered him,” Lee stated. “And so you just can’t cast anybody for that, because the way these guys are describing him, he’s mythic. So mythic you’re talking about an actor who played Jackie Robinson; the Godfather, Soul Brother No. 1, James Brown; Thurgood Marshall; then the Black Panther.”

Ryan Coogler, who directed “Black Panther,” stated he likes and misses out on the star who passed away in August after a fight with colon cancer.

“I haven’t spoken about a Chad publicly beyond writing some words, but what I will say about Chadwick is that I love him. And I miss him,” he stated. “His talent was so potent that even though the was only with us for a limited amount of time, he gave us so much. He gave us an infinite amount of gifts even in that limited amount of time.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.