We know that actors will often go through some crazy things in order to give an accurate and authentic performance, but having your eyes bleed because of a scene is some ultimate dedication.
Angela Bassett, who played Ramonda in Black Panther, recently sat down with Buzzfeed, and during the interview, she discussed some of her favorite memories — and also some pretty spooky ones — when it came to filming Black Panther. When asked what would surprise fans about filming the Marvel film, Bassett replied,
There at Warrior Falls, after shooting all day, lights were beaming down on us to make us glow — as we do — to enhance our glow. But the next day, we all had sun blindness because those lights reflected on the water, which then bounced up into our eyes. We thought it was the chlorine in the water to keep us safe, but it was actually what they call “snow blindness” [when your eyes experience a temporary pain after being overexposed to UV light]. But I guess we weren’t all skiers, so that wasn’t the first conclusion we [arrived at]. So we’re like, “This is why our eyes are bloodshot red and Daniel is actually bleeding from the eyes. This is why I can’t look at the lights in the trailer without blinking and rubbing.” So from then on out, we had someone yelling, “Shades down! Shades up!”
It seems that Daniel Kaluuya who plays W’Kabi in the film fought through the pain of the UV light striking his eyes to the point of literal blood, just to make sure the right shots were made. I don’t know about you, but I am not sure I will ever be able to see Kaluuya the same the next time I watch Black Panther.
Buzzfeed also asked Bassett about her fondest memories of the late Chadwick Boseman a.k.a. T’Challa.
I would have to say that my most fond memory of Chadwick was sitting in our shared makeup and hair space on the set of Black Panther every morning, watching him as he prepared for the day. Chadwick always showed true commitment. It was the little things that resonated most, such as when he worked on his accent, even to the point of calling a friend or consultant in Africa. He worked around the clock to make sure he delivered because he fully understood what Black Panther meant, not just for him but for all of us, for black people on film.
It is no surprise Angela had nothing but positive words to say about Boseman, as the rest of the cast has always said the same. It is because of the dedication and love Boseman had for acting and for Wakanda that makes his loss even harder, but we know that like Wakanda, Chadwick Boseman will live on forever.
What would you have done if you saw Daniel Kaluuya’s eyes bleeding?