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Angela Bassett Says ‘Black Panther’ Cast Got Sunburn In This Unlikely Spot During Filming


While the world of Wakanda looks amazing on screen, living there is a different story. Sure, there’s major technology to take advantage of, but according to “Black Panther” star Angela Bassett, there are some things the fictional nation should invest in.

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“We shot it in an optical facility and so they probably need to check out shades, sunglasses,” Bassett, who played queen mother Ramonda, tells “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Tuesday, March 13. “It was blazing hot. We were under [waterfalls]. We did 10 hour days … We were out in the open under the sky, hot sun and they had lights — like these — beaming down on us.”

While the long hours were fine on the first and second days of shooting at Warrior Falls, — where T’Challa dukes it out with Erik Killmonger — by the third day, Bassett began to notice it was taking a toll on co-stars Lupita Nyong’o and Daniel Kaluuya.

“Their eyes are getting really, really red — especially Daniel’s — they were bloodshot red,” she said.

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But after staff tested the pH of the water, it was discovered that everyone’s eyes were getting sunburned by the light reflecting up off the water.

“It was awful,” she says. “[Kaluuya] had to go to the emergency room, there was blood on the pillow. It was just the worst. After that, we all got sent shades. … I hid mine under my dress. I hid my lunch under my dress. The umbrella under my dress. My cellphone — everything. I was pretty happy to have that dress.”

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