Black Panther almost made Will Smith cry

Marvel’s Black Panther is not just a great superhero movie, it’s pretty culturally significant, too. At a time when representation feels more important than ever in Hollywood, Black Panther is finally giving black voices and experiences a platform.

A very badass platform at that.

So, it will come as a surprise to approximately no-one that famous black actors are celebrating the success of Black Panther.

In a video shared to Facebook, Will Smith – a DC rival, no less – praised the Black Panther team for their “spectacular” movie, admitting that it almost made him cry.

Name-checking Chadwick Boseman, Michael B Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira and director Ryan Coogler, Will congratulated the team on creating a “transcendent moment” for cinema.

“I watched the film a couple of days ago and damn near got brought to tears,” he admitted. “You guys have challenged, and potentially even shattered, a lot of long-time, long-held false Hollywood beliefs and paradigms.

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“I just wanna say congratulations to you. I’m proud and I’m excited, damn near giddy. Congrats, y’all. Go get it.”

And if that’s not high enough praise, then Will also took the opportunity to name-drop Nelson Mandela in the video’s caption.

When someone passes on a private Mandela anecdote, you know you’ve done something special.

The record-breaking Black Panther is out in cinemas right now.

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