Angela Bassett, who played the role of Queen Mother Ramonda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was faced with a situation similar to that of Will Smith and Chris Rock at the Oscars. Will Smith was a part of a controversy in March 2022, after he hit Chris Rock onstage at the Oscars when the latter made fun of Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair.
While urged to do the same, the Black Panther 2 star was convinced by her husband Courtney B. Vance not to. Vance recalled this incident when he appeared on Power 105.1 FM’s The Breakfast Club while discussing the Will Smith and Chris Rock incident.
Angela Bassett’s near save from controversy
Courtney B. Vance, who appeared on Power 105.1 FM’s The Breakfast Club, narrated an incident he experienced with his wife Angela Bassett at an airport, similar to Will Smith and Chris Rock’s controversy.
“[The fan] wanted an autograph. I said, ‘It’s not appropriate right now. Please give us our [privacy]. If you recognize us, then [others] will, and it’ll be on,’ ” said Vance.
On refusal to get an autograph, the fan apparently cussed Bassett, attempting to get a reaction out of her. However, Vance managed to persuade his wife to walk away before she let her anger take hold of her.
“We worked too hard for an incident that’s just gonna be folklore in our mind,” he added.
The Uncorked actor also mentioned how one should understand the situation and take action accordingly, may it be standing up for yourselves or walking away from the situation.
Angela Bassett’s performance in Black Panther 2
Bassett became a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe when she joined Black Panther (2018) in the role of Ramonda, the mother of T’Challa, the king of Wakanda. She reprised her role twice, once in Avengers: Endgame(2019) and then in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022).
The actress has even been talked about for being a potential recipient of an Oscar award for her role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. While she is appreciative of the buzz, the Otherhood star also notes that actors don’t go to superhero movies looking for accolades.
“You don’t do these kinds of projects for the awards. I appreciate the buzz on it because I know that it doesn’t really come from these big superhero movie franchises.” Bassett addressed the buzz.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now out in theatres worldwide.