Chadwick Boseman cut his own salary to increase his costar Sienna Miller’s pay on ’21 Bridges’
About a month after he passed, stories of Chadwick Boseman’s kindness and humanity started flooding the internet.
But there was one story in particular that really allowed people to understand just how big the late Black Panther star’s heart really was.
Sienna Miller, who co-starred opposite the late actor in the 2019 action-thriller “21 Bridges,” revealed that Chadwick Boseman reduced his own salary to get her on board the project and ensure she felt fairly compensated.
“I didn’t know whether or not to tell this story, and I haven’t yet. But I am going to tell it because I think it’s a testament to who he was,” Miller began.
Boseman, who produced “21 Bridges,” respected Miller’s work and really liked her for the role of detective Frankie Burns.
Sienna Miller says Chadwick Boseman took a cut of his own salary on '21 Bridges' and gave it to her after she 'asked for a number that the studio wouldn't get to': https://t.co/rShUcSZ7vz pic.twitter.com/BX2vwQah65
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 29, 2020
In a new interview with Empire, Miller said she was sharing the story publicly for the first time because “it’s a testament to who he was.”
“This was a pretty big-budget film, and I know that everybody understands about the pay disparity in Hollywood, but I asked for a number that the studio wouldn’t get to,” Miller explained. “And because I was hesitant to go back to work and my daughter was starting school and it was an inconvenient time, I said, ‘I’ll do it if I’m compensated in the right way.’”
“And Chadwick ended up donating some of his salary to get me to the number that I had asked for. He said that was what I deserved to be paid,” said Miller, who called the gesture “the most astounding thing” she’d ever experienced during her Hollywood career.
“It’s just unfathomable to imagine another man in that town behaving that graciously or respectfully,” she said.
Boseman passed on Aug. 28 at age 43 after a private battle with colon cancer. He might be gone physically, but his work and legacy will be felt for many years to come. Wakanda Forever!