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Black Panther Fans Are Worried About Chadwick Boseman's Dramatic Weight Loss
Life has certainly been good for Chadwick Boseman since he became the King of Wakanda, but fans of the Black Panther star are suddenly worried for his health.
Those worries arose after Boseman took to Instagram to post a self-shot video in celebration of what would've been Major League Baseball's "Jackie Robinson Day." With professional baseball suspended indefinitely, Boseman who portrayed Jackie Robinson in the 2013 biopic 42 chose to celebrate the day anyway with a video post that was also meant to commemorate the launch of "Operation 42," a collaboration between Thomas Tull and FIGS, who manufacture surgical scrubs. The noble collaboration made a $4.2 million donation to supply medical gear to African American communities hardest hit by the pandemic.
"They're gonna execute the distribution of those scrubs, those masks, of those isolation gowns to those hospitals that have been impacted the most."
Rather than celebrating Jackie Robinson Day and Operation 42's huge donation alongside the actor, Boseman's fans were instead taken aback by his appearance in the video, noting specifically his dramatic weight loss. The comments section on the video quickly filled up with questions about Boseman's health.
The video itself has since been removed from the main feed of Boseman's Instagram page, but it can still be seen in the IGTV section of his profile. Boseman is indeed not looking like his usual self in the video, with sunken eyes, prominent cheekbones, and a shaggy beard.
Given the current state of the world, fears over Boseman's health are probably a bit more heightened than usual. The good news is that Boseman still seems very healthy in the video, and genuinely excited that "Operation 42" has been such a success. However, the fact that the video in question has been unceremoniously removed from the main portion of Boseman's Instagram feed is still a bit worrisome. That, coupled with the radio silence coming from the actor and his management team, is fueling the fires of concern on all fronts.
Looking at the video, one might be inclined to believe Boseman has probably begun a weight-loss regimen in preparation for a future role. That is, after all, a familiar enough tactic for actors having been utilized by A-listers like Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and, most recently, Joaquin Phoenix in his Oscar-winning Joker turn.
Still, those actors and their reps have historically been quick to announce the planned weight loss, and tend to do so literally the moment pictures of the sometimes dangerously thin performers begin to surface. With no announcement coming from Boseman's camp yet, fans' imaginations are left to run wild, and we all know just how wild those imaginations can be. Keep watching the video to see Black Panther fans are worried about Chadwick Boseman's dramatic weight loss!
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