Sterling K Brown On The Power Of Representation In Black Panther

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Sterling K Brown is one of the hottest actors in Hollywood right now.

From his television success on The People vs OJ Simpson and This Is Us to a slate of upcoming films to make anyone drool the Predator reboot, Marshall, and Black Panther, he’s definitely a bonafide star.

The Black Panther role and film are near and dear to his heart.

In an interview with the  People/Entertainment Weekly Network, Brown shared that as a kid he looked up to Christopher Reeves Superman and Michael Keaton’s Batman but there were no heroes that looked like him. Black Panther, however, is going to change things.

“I get to take my kid to go see a black superhero movie and he gets to see an image of himself as the man. Chadwick Boseman looks like me. He looks like my son.”

He also shared about how he got the role of N’Jobu, who is described as a person from Black Panther’s past. Brown had a meeting with producer, Nate Moore, and just asked for a role.

“I said, ‘Listen, I’ve been practicing my Wakanda. I know you’ve already got the titular characters taken care of, but how can I be down? Because man, it’s a black superhero’. It’s huge.”

Brown didn’t have a lot to say about N’Jobu because of Marvel secrecy. What he did say about his role was this.

“I don’t have a huge part, but I’ve got a good part. I’m happy with my part.”

We’ll be happy to see Sterling K Brown when Black Panther hits theatres on February 18th, 2018. If you need your fix sooner, This Is Us premiere on September 26th.

Bec Heim