As we continue to mourn the sudden loss of Chadwick Boseman, a woman who filmed side-by-side with the late actor, disclosed a beautiful and thoughtful deed of his.
Sienna Miller co-starred Boseman’s “21 Bridges.” She recently shared that he took a portion of his earnings from the film, and personally gave it to her after Miller “asked for a number that the studio wouldn't get to."
During an interview with “EMPIRE” magazine, Miller described Boseman's gesture as an "unfathomable" act of support. The latest issue of “EMPIRE” honors and is dedicated to Chadwick Boseman.
During the interview, Sienna Miller opened up about her indecisiveness to shed light on the actions taken by Boseman to get her more money for the film. But in the end, Miller decided to talk about his generous gesture, as it is "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 said. "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.’
As she continued, Miller said Boseman told her without "showiness" she’d be paid what she’s worth. The “21 Bridges” actress said Boseman's act was "about the most astounding thing that I've experienced," before stressing that "that kind of thing just doesn't happen."
While Sienna Miller stated the fact she had not spoken publicly about how Chadwick Boseman had gracefully helped her, she did say that she had shared it privately among her circle of male acting friends, according to “The Hollywood Reporter.”
"It's just unfathomable to imagine another man in [Hollywood] behaving that graciously or respectfully," Miller said. "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."
Sienna Miller went on to explain how instrumental her former co-star Chadwick Boseman was in her joining the film's cast. Boseman starred in and produced “21 Bridges” along with Marvel collaborators Anthony and Joe Russo. Miller adds, Boseman "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. 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."
During the “21 Bridges” 2019 press tour, Boseman also shared that Miller's role, Frankie, wasn't originally slated to go to a woman. "Who these characters were completely changed," Boseman told “Cinemablend.” "In fact, Frankie was a man." Boseman went on to say that because director Brian Kirk was open to changes that would ultimately serve both the characters and the story, they were able to cast Miller in the role.
Chadwick Boseman died in late August after secretly battling colon cancer for years.