According to The Wrap, the actors played the role of Reggie Montgomery on All My Children at separate times. Boseman was the first to step into the character’s shoes in 2003, but he remained within the role for a week after the creators let him go for stating his quips with the character’s controversial “thug” persona.
“When I got it, I was like, ‘This is not part of my manifesto. This is not part of what I want to do. How can I make it work?’ Because with a soap opera, you don’t know the full scope of what’s going to happen — you don’t know where they’re going to take the character, because they don’t always know where the character is going,” he said. “And because of that, there’s possibly room for me to adjust this and change it and make it so it’s stereotypical on the page but not on the screen.”
After Boseman’s firing, Jordan, fresh from the hit HBO series The Wire, assumed the role and mentioned how Boseman essentially opened up the door for him to enter. “I was playing this role not knowing that a lot of the things I was going through were because of what he’d already done for me.
It’s hard to speak in the moment about how things we do can affect other people. But this is a pure example, right here on the spot — we ain’t never talked about this before a day in our lives — to understand how what people do now can directly affect what other people do in the future,” Jordan continued. “And the work that we’re doing on Black Panther is hopefully doing the same thing for the next group of actors that are coming up, just like our predecessors opened up doors and made things easier for us.”
More than a decade later, the actors met face-to-face on the silver screen to heighten the success of Marvel’s Black Panther, which debuted in 2018 to fanfare.