In a recent interview recalling the generosity and great soul of the late actor Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, who starred with him in last summer’s police action pic 21 bridges, said in UK Empire magazine that the actor-producer of the film gave up part of his salary so that the actress could be paid her asking price on the STX production of $ 33 million.
“I asked for a number that the studio wouldn’t get,” said Miller, who was looking to take a break as his daughter started school. The actress thought, “I will if I am compensated in the right way.” And Chadwick ended up donating part of his salary to get me back to the number I asked for. He said that was what I deserved to be paid for.
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Miller played Detective Franke Burns in 21 bridges. She says Boseman “had been very active in trying to get me to do it. He was a fan of my work, which was exciting because he was tenfold from me to him. So he approached me to do it, he offered me this movie, and it was at a time when I didn’t really want to work anymore. I had worked tirelessly and was exhausted, but then wanted to work with him.
Reports of the pay gap between major male and female stars in Hollywood abounded, which makes Boseman’s gesture here towards Miller quite remarkable.
Miller added, “That sort of thing just doesn’t happen. He said, “You are paid what you deserve and what you are worth. It is simply unfathomable to imagine any other man in this town behaving with such grace or respect. As a result of that I told this story to other male actor friends and they all go very, very calm and go home and probably have to sit and think about things for a while. But there was no clairvoyance, it was, ‘Sure, I’m going to get you to that number, because that’s what you should be paid for.’
Boseman died on August 28 after a private battle with colon cancer. He was 43 years old.