Will Smith Shared an Inspiring Message for the Cast and Crew of Marvel Studios’ Black Panther

If you were among the many who saw Marvel Studios’ Black Panther this weekend, you were in good company. As it turns out, Will Smith, who is set to star in the upcoming reimagining of Aladdin in 2019, also saw the film, and left feeling inspired. Today, he posted a message to the cast and crew of the movie on his Instagram account, urging them in his caption to “Enjoy this Transcendent Moment,” and even including some words of advice he once received from Nelson Mandela! Check it out:

I want to share something that Nelson Mandela said to me. . He said, “With the type of fame that you have attained it is important when you encounter your fans that you — Reach Your Hand Out and let them Feel Your Flesh. You have to prove to them that you are REAL — because people can not aspire to anything they do not believe is Real.” . So I say to you, Congratulations! Enjoy this Transcendent Moment. Go into the streets… Touch them… Let them know that you are real! . @chadwickboseman, @michaelbjordan @lupitanyongo @letitiawright @danaigurira @danielkaluuya @im.angelabassett @andyserkis @winstoncduke @sterlingkbrown @rmorrison @therealstanlee @ludwiggoransson @iamruthecarter #blackpanther . With Pure Delight WILL :-)

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In the video, Smith shouts out some cast members, as well as director Ryan Coogler.

Smith perfectly captures the sentiments of so many surrounding Black Panther, and the feeling appears to be mutual. Cast members Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan reacted with their own kind words for Smith.

A comment by Lupita Nyong'o on Will Smith's Instagram account, which reads: "Thank you so much for this beyond generous shoutout, sir! You have been an inspiration and guiding light for me, ever since your Fresh Prince days that I watch growing up in Nairobi. Your career has trailblazed for people of the darker hue and your response yo our work means more than I can express in a caption comment. Thank you for standing tall, for raising the bar, for standing with us. Enkosi!"

“Thank you so much for this beyond generout shoutout sir!” said Nyong’o. “You have been an inspiration and guiding light for me.”

“Can’t wait to be able to work together someday!” responded Michael B. Jordan.

A comment by Michael B. Jordan on Will Smith's Instagram, which reads: wow! Big bruh you opened the door for us and showed me it was possible to achieve never before reached heights! You continue to set the example and motivate our generation. Can't wait to be able to work together one day! Raised hands emoji"

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