‘Avengers’ stars Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle did not forget to pay tribute to their late friend, Chadwick Boseman during MTV Film and TV Awards: Greatest of All Time virtual event.
At 2020’s MTV Film and TV Awards, the ‘Black Panther’ star was honored with Hero for the Ages award, and Hollywood actors presented the honor to the late star with a heartfelt tribute.
Ahead of the presentation of the award, Downey Jr. and Cheadle appeared on the two big screens, and the ‘Iron Man‘ actor began their video speech by saying:
“The second you first saw him on screen or had the opportunity to meet him in person, his energy and intensity was undeniable. There was something different and special about Chadwick Boseman.”
Then the ‘War Machine‘ star continued:
“Each time he stepped on the set, he inspired and influenced everyone there. And with every role, he created a new legion of fans. He had an incredible power to unify people in their love for his work and their respect for him as a person.”
During the speech, Downey Jr. stated that Boseman was a real superhero on-camera and off, added the late actor will always be remembered as the ‘Black Panther‘ and his passing will not prevent him from his title, role. According to Downey Jr. Boseman showed the people “incredibly powerful portrayals of iconic and influential real men who changed the world.”
Cheadle followed up by praising the actor’s previous performances as Supreme Court Justice ‘Thurgood Marshall‘ in ‘Marshall,’ as ‘Jackie Robinson‘ in bio-pic ’42,’ and as well-known singer ‘James Brown‘ in ‘Get on Up.’
Robert Downey Jr. concluded his words as follows:
“His list of selfless and inspirational acts and deeds is too long to recount here consistently showing up during trial and triumph for family, friends, and fans alike, some of whom were battling the same invisible enemy. He was the most heroic just being Chad.”
As known, Boseman passed away on August 28, 2020, at the age of 43, due to colon cancer he had been fighting for 4 years.
See below to watch the virtual event.
— MTV (@MTV) December 7, 2020