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Published on February 19th, 2018 | by Jerry Doby

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‘Black Panther’ Stars Chadwick Boseman and Forest Whitaker Talk with Larry King on Cultural Impact of the Film

Marvel’s Black Panther is the talk of Hollywood, mistakenly touted by media as Marvel’s first black superhero vehicle, Blade was long before, it IS in this day of social angst amongst minorities, probably the more important due to its focus on real issues of humanity rather than Vampiric fantasy. Not that Wesley Snipes and the Blade franchise will ever be forgotten, however, Black Panther has sparked conversations across media that the former didn’t, at least not as in-depth.

And now for the RECEIPTS: BLACK PANTHER set a record for the highest advance ticket sales of ANY Marvel movie…shout out to the #BlackPantherChallenge GoFundMe.com movement which helped that record with an astounding flood of campaigns collecting funds to ensure children across America were able to see this phenomenal film.

Here’s the official line on the interview with King and Boseman

‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman talks with Larry King (Photo Courtesy of Larry King Now/Ora.tv)

The ‘Black Panther’ himself Chadwick Boseman & Oscar winner Forest Whitaker spoke on the highly-anticipated release of the new comic book movie to Larry King for an all-new season six episode of the Emmy-nominated series, “Larry King Now” and weighed in on the cultural importance of Marvel’s [first] film centered on a black superhero and what makes ‘Black Panther’ stand apart from other Marvel movies.

Boseman also talked the societal impact his new film ‘Black Panther’ will have on the African-American community and beyond. Larry stating that “This is Marvel’s first film centered completely around a black superhero, did that have added pressure to you?” Chadwick responded, “Absolutely. At this point, I don’t necessarily feel the pressure but I think when they originally approached me about doing it, I knew that it was something we had to have the right team to do, we had to have the right director, the right producer on it. I felt like they had to have the right approach and be committed to it in a way where they felt like their entire career was at stake because I think it’s that important of a thing.”

In responding to the impact the movie will have on the African-American community, Chadwick explains, “At this point just from the pre-sales, it’s a huge accomplishment. I am more interested in seeing how people respond when they actually see it. I am very enthusiastic about that. It’s going to be amazing for the little kids, not just the blacks, but of all races to see this character, because I think it expands our concessions and expands our minds of what a hero looks like.”

Watch the Full Interview Here: http://www.ora.tv/

Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER Zuri (Forest Whitaker) Credit: Matt Kennedy/©Marvel Studios 2018

Marvel Studios‘ BLACK PANTHER Zuri (Forest Whitaker) Credit: Matt Kennedy/©Marvel Studios 2018

Black Panther Co-Star Forest Whitaker added, “I think people they want to see something they feel they haven’t seen before. I think they want to live in this universe of this superhero or archangels of Marvel comics but they also want to feel they are seeing something new.”

These segments, courtesy of Larry King Now and Ora TV, are now LIVE on Ora.tv (New episodes premiere daily 11 am PST/2pm EST).

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