Sienna Miller revealed that Chadwick Boseman cut his own salary for "21 Bridges" to ensure she felt fairly compensated.
Sienna Miller revealed that Chadwick Boseman sacrificed a part of his salary so she could get the amount she asked for after a studio refused her request. The 38-year-old actress starred alongside the late actor in 21 Bridges, an action thriller film directed by Brian Kirk released in 2019.
Boseman, who plays an NYPD officer in the film, also produced the movie and reportedly advocated for Miller to be part of it.
Speaking to Empire, Miller revealed that Boseman liked her work and asked her to play the role of detective Frankie Burns.
"He produced 21 Bridges and had been really active in trying to get me to do it. He was a fan of my work, which was thrilling because it was reciprocated from me to him tenfold, " Miller said.
However, the studio didn't agree with her requested numbers, so Boseman decided to take a cut from his pay and give it to Miller.
Miller said that the project came at a difficult time, making her hesitant to accept it. However, the late Black Panther actor has convinced her to get on board.
"So he approached me to do it, he offered me this film, and it was at a time when I really didn’t want to work anymore. I’d been working non-stop, and I was exhausted, but then I wanted to work with him," Miller added.
21 Bridges was a big-budget film, and Miller is well aware 'that everybody understands about the pay disparity in Hollywood.' However, with her daughter starting school and the project coming at an inconvenient time, the actress decided to demand a salary she thinks she deserves.
"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 that was what I deserved to be paid," Miller revealed.
Despite apprehensions, Miller decided to share the story in public believing it's a ‘testament to who he was’.
Miller said 'that kind of thing just doesn’t happen’ in the film industry, and called it ‘the most astounding thing’ she had encountered.
Chadwick Boseman died on August 28, 2020, after secretly battling with colon cancer for four years. The news of his untimely death gripped the world in sadness.
He was best known for his role as T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, in Marvel's Black Panther. Tributes continue to pour for the late actor, even up to this date. He is greatly admired for his work ethics and strong character, on and off the screen.
Rest in Peace, Chadwick Boseman. You will forever be missed.