Martin Freeman on ‘Black Panther’ and ‘The Office’: “I’m very proud”

The actor reflected on his roles in long-running storylines

Martin Freeman has reflected on the legacy of The Office and his role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

The actor returns as Everett K. Ross in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). He opened up recently about playing fan-favourite characters (having played Tim Canterbury in The Office) in long-running storylines in an interview with NME.

“I’m extremely proud of playing Ross,” Freeman said, saying how much he enjoys being “second string” in the MCU.

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“A lot more people have seen Ross than Tim Canterbury, that’s for sure. But because these films aren’t about Everett Ross, he’s very much second string… I like that. It’s certainly got a bigger audience than The Office – but I’m still very proud of The Office.”

Watch the full interview below:

Freeman also reflected on the death of Chadwick Boseman, who led the first Marvel film as T’Challa/Black Panther, and how the cast and crew of Black Panther were able to still make the sequel.

“The main thing about Chad’s death is that a lovely man was lost,” Freeman said. “That was the true tragedy. For us, [it was] also very difficult because he led this film and led this story.

“But by the time you’re on the ground filming it, you’ve done a lot of your grieving. The shock of it has slightly cleared so you’re able to work. If that wasn’t the case, you couldn’t make the film.”

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In a four-star review of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, NME wrote: “What really makes the film stand out is its mature atmosphere. This is about grief, more so than any other Marvel movie, and the legacy one leaves behind.”

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