Black Panther, the biggest movie right now has among its cast 92-year old Dorothy Steel. Dorothy steel who recently turned 92, decided to fulfil her acting dream, at age 88. ‘Black Panther is her latest and first big feature film. In it, she plays a tribe leader in the fictional land of Wakanda.
It was an amazing experience for her and one which she would never have expected. She sent her audition last year when Marvel called her and received a call after an hour.
“We sent it in and an hour later they said, “Who is that old lady? We want her,'” she recalled
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“If anyone would have told me I would be an actor, I would’ve said you got to be out of your mind,” she tells Channel 2’s, Nefertiti Jacquez.
Steel ended up landing the part of the merchant tribal elder who advises the King of Wakanda played by lead actor Chadwick Boseman.
“Chadwick the King. Every day, he would make sure if I was on the set, he would come by and make sure he gave me a big old hug and kiss,” Steel said.
Steel said she became the “grandmother” on the set of ‘Black Panther,’ which she said is not just a movie but a movement.
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“We were one big melting pot of black people and we knew we were doing something that had never been done before. Ya know?” she said.
Dorothy thinks Black Panther’s success isn’t only due to its push for representation, but also because of its female heroes. She said the women of Wakanda rule ‘Black Panther.’
“We have power and it’s time for us to step up and take over. That’s what we have to do and take over,” she said.
Dorothy’s story only gives more strength to the statement “it’s never too late to dream or to follow your dreams”. Hope this inspires someone.
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