Was Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman let go from All My Children for standing up for his convictions? It seems that way. AMC fans know Boseman's co-star Michael B. Jordan was on the Agnes Nixon sudser as Reggie Montgomery. Reggie was Jackson's (Walt Willey) adopted son. Boseman played Reggie for about a week before Jordan took over the role. Why did Boseman dip from AMC?
During a commencement speech at Howard University on Saturday, Boseman claimed he was let go for questioning the stereotype of the character. Boseman stated,
I was promised to make six figures, more money than I had ever seen. I was feeling myself. Once I saw the role I was playing, I found myself conflicted... this role seemed to be wrapped up in assumptions about us as black folk.
Boseman said he wasn't comfortable playing a black man with a hair-trigger temper who was dazzled by the gang life. In addition, Reggie didn't have an ounce of positivity about him. He didn't want to make assumptions about what would happen the character down the line and decided to speak with AMC execs about it. Unfortunately for him, the execs didn't take kindly to his actions. Boseman divulged,
I was let go from that job the next day. The questions I asked caught the producers off guard. It perhaps paved the way for a less stereotypical portrayal for the black actor that stepped into the role after me.
It seems a few years later, Jordan also had the same issues with the role and decided to leave. In an interview with GQ, Jordan said,
"No dad, no mom, a f---ing stereotypical black role in a soap opera," Jordan said. "And I saw the stereotype, so moving forward I was like, 'Nah, those are the roles I don't want to play.'"
Watch Boseman's speech below. He details his conversation with the brass at AMC at the 21:55 mark.