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Spike Lee: ‘I would have taken it much easier on Chadwick Boseman if I’d known he had cancer’

Spike Lee regrets making his Da 5 Bloods star Chadwick Boseman work so hard now he knows the movie star was battling colon cancer.

The Black Panther star died last summer (2020) and Lee has said many times he had no idea his leading man was ill.

Now the filmmaker tells The Hollywood Reporter he feels bad about some scenes, which featured the late star, and wishes he could have shot them differently.

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“There was a very small circle that knew he was not going to be here that much longer, and I understand why he did not want people to know,” Spike says. “If I would have known, the first battle sequence in the film is 100 degrees and we had the shots where he has to run 50 yards like (Olympic runner) Usain Bolt (sic).

“He has to haul it. If he tells me that (he was sick), automatically I’m not going to make him, I’m not going to push him as hard as I can. He did not want any shortcuts, any special treatment…”

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