Michael B. Jordan has broken his silence following the death of Black Panther co-star Chadwick Boseman.
The two stars played rivals in the film, but behind the scenes, Jordan admits he was a big fan of his late castmate and wishes they could have spent more time together.
The Creed star, who played Erik Killmonger in the Marvel superhero movie, offered up his tribute to Boseman on Monday (August 31, 2020), revealing that he had been struggling to find the right words.
“Nothing comes close to how I feel,” he wrote on Instagram. “I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug… everything. I wish we had more time.”
Michael then recalled one of the final conversations he had with Chadwick, who lost his battle with colon cancer on Friday (August 28, 2020), aged 43.
“One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked, and now the truth of that means more to me than ever,” the 35-year-old added. “Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with (U.S. soap) All My Children when I was 16 years old, you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not… I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness. I wish we had more time.
“Everything you’ve given the world… the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are… will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family, your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here. I wish we had more time.
“I’m more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets… Rest In Power Brother.”