The filmmaker said he was "in shock" when he found out that the Marvel star had died of colon cancer on August 28, and that he and his wife immediately rewatched the acclaimed war drama after they learned the news.
"It plays totally different. He's a ghost already. You know the scene I'm talking about? It’s the scene where he comes back, him and Delroy [Lindo, who plays ex-soldier Paul]. I felt it when we shot it," Lee explained in a new interview with Variety.
"We didn't have light. You know, Delroy's talking to the camera, talking about his conversation with God? We go up, and we come down and we find this heavenly light. It's Chadwick [as Paul's former squad leader Norman Holloway] standing in that light, in that pose. That was God up there.
"I don't care what nobody says. That was God's heavenly light, because that scene's not lit. That's natural light. And that was God sending heavenly light on Chadwick. Paul says, 'I died for you.' I mean it was hard to look at the film again for me since his transition. It is just a whole 'nother experience."
Later, Lee drew reference to the fact that, in the movie, Clarke Peters' Otis describes Boseman's Norman as "the best damn soldier ever" and that the same can be said for the Black Panther star as a person, too.
"There's a possibility he thought this might be his last film. And God gave him one more with Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. But now looking at that, he was playing it. Stormin' Norman says, 'If I have to go out, I'm going gangbusters.' And that's what he did."
When asked whether he had any idea about Boseman's deteriorating health during the Da 5 Bloods shoot, Lee admitted that "he did not look well," but he just put it down to the extreme conditions they were all facing during production.
"The jungle stuff, was shot in Thailand. It was 100 degrees every day. It was also, at that time, the worst air pollution in the world," he said. "I understand why Chadwick didn't tell me because he didn't want me to take it easy. If I had known, I wouldn't have made him do the stuff. And I respect him for that."
Da 5 Bloods is available to stream on Netflix now.
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