It’s hard to believe that Chadwick Boseman has passed. The formidable actor was critically-acclaimed for his performances in 42, Get On Up, and Marshall. For many, Boseman’s most beloved work lies in his portrayal of T’Challa in Black Panther.
As it turns out, Boseman was a real-life superhero. Siena Miller shared how the MCU titan swooped in to save the day on the set of 21 Bridges.
Boseman himself produced 21 Bridges, and he fiercely advocated for Miller’s spot in the film. Here’s what went down according to Miller:
“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.”
When Miller joined the team, she requested a certain pay point. In spite of a pretty hefty budget, studio heads did not meet her request. That’s when Boseman stepped in and donated part of his own salary. He took a significant pay cut that put Miller’s paycheck in a much better position.
Reflecting on what Boseman did for her, Miller remarked:
“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.
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.”
What an incredible thing to learn about Boseman, especially as the touching tributes continue to pour in – like this one from Letitia Wright.
According to Miller, Hollywood isn’t exactly teeming with altruism like that. She’s since told other actors about this story, and here’s how they’ve responded:
They all go very, very quiet and go home and probably have to sit and think about things for a while.
It takes a lot of courage to stand up for what’s right – but that wasn’t a problem for Chadwick Boseman. Incredible stories like this one help us pay the proper respects to a real king on Earth.
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