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Denzel Washington paid ‘Black Panther’ star's Oxford tuition

PICTURED: Chadwick Boseman

BLACK PANTHER actor Chadwick Boseman has revealed that Denzel Washington is to thank for some of his career success after contributing towards Boseman's time at Oxford.

While studying at Howard University in the late ’90s, Boseman and some of his peers applied to a prestigious summer theatre programme at The University of Oxford, and while the group of students got in, they couldn’t afford to go.

According to Boseman, one of their acting teachers at Howard, actress Phylicia Rashad from The Cosby Show, “pushed for us”.

In an interview with Rolling Stone he said: “She essentially got some celebrity friends to pay for us to go.” It wasn’t until after the programme when he got a beneficiary letter and found out who funded the programme: “Denzel paid for me. I’m sure he has no idea. … I’ve been waiting to meet him, so I can tell him.”

Boseman wanted to meet Washington in person before saying anything and managed to meet him at the New York premiere of Black Panther

“I met him, before the Rolling Stone article came out,” Boseman said in an interview with Jimmy Fallon. “So I actually lived up to what I originally wanted to do. It was amazing.”

When Fallon asked how the introduction went, Boseman recalled how he thanked him for paying for Oxford a while back, to which Washington jokingly replied: “Oh, so that’s why I’m here. You owe me money! I came to collect!”

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