Chadwick Boseman Secured Equal Pay for Sienna Miller on Their Movie by Cutting His Own Salary

Chadwick Boseman Secured Equal Pay for Sienna Miller on Their Movie by Cutting His Own Salary
The celebrity tributes continue to pour in for Chadwick Boseman, who lost his battle with cancer in August. His 21 Bridges costar Sienna Miller is the latest, revealing to Empire that Boseman actually forfeited some of his salary on the film to make sure she had equal pay. 

“He was a fan of my work, which was thrilling, because it was reciprocated from me to him, tenfold,” she told Empire. “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 nonstop and I was exhausted, but then I wanted to work with him.”

Miller asked for a salary that the studio said no to, but Boseman stepped in to make things right. “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,” she said. “He said that that was what I deserved to be paid.”

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She continued, “It was about the most astounding thing that I’ve experienced. That kind of thing just doesn’t happen. He said, ‘You’re getting paid what you deserve, and what you’re worth.’ It’s just unfathomable to imagine another man in that town behaving that graciously or respectfully. In the aftermath of this, I’ve told other male actor friends of mine that story and they all go very, very quiet and go home and probably have to sit and think about things for a while. But there was no showiness, it was ‘Of course I’ll get you to that number, because that’s what you should be paid.’”  

Yet another example of Boseman’s incredible character. Click here to read more tributes from the stars he affected, including Chris Evans and his Black Panther costar Lupita Nyong’o. 

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