If you ever see Black Panther star Winston Duke, turns out it’s cool for you to perform the M’Baku chant at him in public.
The 32-year-old star of the Marvel film and Jordan Peele’s latest horror outing, Us, has spoken about how fame has changed his life, and admitted that the biggest difference is simply how often he is now recognised – including in grocery store lines.
‘I can’t say I was fully prepared for the way [fame] changed the lack of privacy that comes with it but also the responsibility that comes with it,’ he said, speaking to Metro.co.uk.
‘It hasn’t been difficult just different. But good. How it’s been different is how recognised you are, and in what spaces, so people doing the M’Baku chant in line at the grocery store!’
He says it doesn’t bother him though, because he knows ‘what Black Panther means to people of colour’.
‘It’s our Harry Potter,’ he says.
‘It’s our chance to dress up and lose yourself in the fanfare and fandom, which is cool and I recognise that and I think it’s great, so I never yak on anyone’s yum!’
Winston starred as M’Baku in the hit Marvel movie, which debuted in February 2018 and went on to become on the studio’s biggest success stories.
After the events of Black Panther, T’Challa, Okoye and M’Baku all appeared in Avengers: Infinity War but Winston admitted that despite being the new kids on the block, they were welcomed in to the Avengers ‘right off the bat’.
When it comes to 2018’s Infinity War, Winston adds that directors the Russo Brothers gave the Black Panther crew ‘a lot of freedom’.
Winston – who is starring alongside his Wakanda co-star Lupita Nyong’o in Jordan Peele’s new horror film, Us – says: ‘We walked on the set and they said “we weren’t a part of Black Panther, we don’t know this as deeply as you do so we’re trusting you to bring whatever you want into this and we’ll take a back seat.”
‘I taught some of the chants to the guys on set, some of them were new extras who were part of the tribe, and I taught some of the language and the words to other people, and Danai did the same.
‘We got a lot of freedom to just flex and do what we did, create a world and make Wakanda feel flushed out within a movie that wasn’t even really about it.’
Us is out in cinemas on 22 March 2019.
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