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The magazine notes Chad had a wide range of
real-life influences for the character. The 41-year-old drew influences from Zulu
king Shaka and Nelson Mandela’s speeches.
On one trip to Cape Town he was given the
Xhosa name Mxolisi (which means “peacemaker”) by a street musician.
“I think it was his way of saying, ‘As an
African-American, I know you're disconnected from your ancestors and your
culture and your traditions’,” Chadwick says. “‘Here's my way of welcoming you
Chad pushed hard for Wakandans to speak
English with an isiXhosa accent. “I felt there was no way in the world I could
do the movie without an accent. But I had to convince [the studio] it was
something we couldn't be afraid of. My argument was that we train the
audience's ear in the first five minutes – give them subtitles, give them
whatever they need – and I believe they'll follow it the same way they'll
follow an Irish accent or a Cockney accent. We watch movies all the time when
this happens," he says. “Why all of a sudden is it, 'We can't follow it'
when it's African?”
And with the movie becoming box office gold
in its first weekend, we definitely owe it to Mxolisi!