'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman surprises unsuspecting fans

On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman surprised unsuspecting fans as they thanked him and spoke about what the blockbuster film means to them. The fans were instructed to talk to a movie poster under the guise that they’d be appearing in a video for Boseman. But he, and sometimes Fallon, popped out from behind a curtain next to the poster.

Fan messages for Boseman ranged from sweet to grateful, and the reactions when he appeared were just as diverse. Some laughed. Some cried. One ran away. Boseman also tailored what he said or did to what the fan had expressed.

When one admitted seeing Black Panther three times — once as a bootleg — Boseman popped out and said, “Wait. You gonna bootleg my movie?!”

Watch in the video above.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Danai Gurira (C) and 'The Dora Milaje' actors at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Angela Bassett arrves for the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' held at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Lupita Nyong'o attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Lupita Nyong'o attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Janelle Monae attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Actress Danai Gurira arrives for the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' held at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Danai Gurira attends the Los Angeles Premiere 'Black Panther' at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Chadwick Boseman arrives for the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' held at the Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Michael B Jordan attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Yara Shahidi attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey, wearing Dena Kemp jewelry and LimeCrime lip gloss in Bloodmoon and Eclipse, attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther.'
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Issa Rae attends the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' on January 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Forest Whitaker attends the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' on January 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Mellody Hobson and George Lucas attend the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' on January 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Martin Freeman attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Meagan Good attends the Los Angeles Premiere 'Black Panther' at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Daniel Kaluuya arrves for the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' held at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: David Hasselhoff and Hayley Roberts attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Ryan Michelle Bathe, Sterling K. Brown and son Andrew Brown attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Nathan Anderson and Anthony Anderson attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Amber Riley attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Tessa Thompson attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Nabiyah Be attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Miles Brown attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Marija Abney attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Aisha Dee attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Allegra Acosta attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Jessica Oyelowo and David Oyelowo attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Angel Parker attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Taran Killam and Cobie Smulders attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Kayla Maisonet attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Ty Simpkins attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Shaunette Renee Wilson attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Kylee Russell attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Seth Carr attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Pom Klementieff attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Meg Donnelly attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Chloe Bennet attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Storm Reid attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Sean Gunn and Natasha Halevi attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Florence Kasumba attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Olivia Holt attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Natalia Cordova-Buckley attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Marsai Martin attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Tanika Ray attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good attend the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Allison Holker attends the Los Angeles Premiere 'Black Panther' at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: J. August Richards attends the Los Angeles Premiere 'Black Panther' at Dolby Theatre on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Garcelle Beauvais attends the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Black Panther' on January 28, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Cobie Smulders attends the Premiere Of Disney And Marvel's 'Black Panther' - Arrivals on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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Another fan, after getting over the initial shock at Boseman’s appearance in the flesh, remembered to show the proper respect by crossing his arms over his chest, bowing, and saying, “My king. My king. My king.”

Maybe the most touching moment came when Boseman surprised a mother and her young son. The woman said, “My son’s life has been defined by Barack Obama and now Black Panther. So thank you.” Boseman appeared and said, “Hey, that’s way too much praise.” The kid was shocked, and you can see the exact moment that he realizes he’s meeting Black Panther as his jaw slowly drops and his eyes widen. He was literally speechless.

The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon airs weekdays at 11:35 p.m. on NBC. Watch clips and full episodes of The Tonight Show for free on Yahoo View.

 

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