Robert Downey Jr and Don Cheadle have paid tribute to their Avengers co-star Chadwick Boseman, saying the Black Panther icon ‘really embodied what it meant to be a superhero’.
Taking to the (digital) stage on the MTV Film & TV Awards in a single day, the celebs posthumously honoured Boseman, who died in August at the age of 43 following a non-public, four-year battle with colon most cancers.
He had been given the hero of the ages award, which recognises stars who’re heroes each on and off display screen, together with his Marvel comrades hailing him an ‘icon’.
Downey Jr, who performed Tony Stark/Iron Man within the Marvel franchise, mentioned, showing in a video: ‘The second you first noticed him onscreen or had the chance to satisfy him in individual, his vitality and depth was simple.
‘There was one thing totally different and particular about Chadwick Boseman. Mr. Boseman really embodied what it meant to be a superhero. His influence as a groundbreaking main man, as an icon on display screen … it gained’t be quantified by the field workplace information he broke however by the legion of followers who will rejoice him for a few years to return.
‘He was probably the most heroic when simply being Chad. That’s when he was greater than anybody he performed onscreen.’
Don and Robert have been readily available to current the award (Image: MTV)
Cheadle, who starred as James Rhodes/Struggle Machine within the franchise, additionally praised Boseman’s ‘unbelievable energy to unify folks’.
He added: ‘With each position he created a brand new legion of followers. He has an unbelievable energy to unify folks and their love for his work and their respect for him as an individual. The best way he lived his life united folks behind the next objective – and that shall be his legacy.’
Chadwick Boseman died earlier this 12 months (Image: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
The posthumous honour comes as Boseman was lately introduced because the recipient of the actor tribute on the 2021 Gotham Awards, the place his Ma Rainey’s Black Backside co-star Viola Davis shall be honoured with the actress equal.
He’s the second actor to obtain a tribute posthumously, after James Gandolfini in 2013.
The 2020 MTV Film & TV Awards: Biggest of All Time winners record:
GOAT: dance your a*s off:
Kevin Bacon – Footloose
GOAT: comedy large:
GOAT: dynamic duo:
Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore – The Wedding ceremony Singer, 50 First Dates and Blended
GOAT: scream queen:
Jamie Lee Curtis
GOAT: legendary lip lop:
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair – Merciless Intentions
GOAT: heartbreaking breakup:
Jason Segel and Kristen Bell – Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Gal Gadot as Surprise Girl
GOAT: hero for the ages:
Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther
GOAT: zero to hero:
William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence – The Karate Child