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Sienna Miller praises her late 21 Bridges co-star Chadwick Boseman for his ‘grace and dignity’

Sienna Miller has praised her late 21 Bridges co-star Chadwick Boseman for his ‘grace and dignity’.

In an interview set to air on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, the actress, 39, reflected on the actor’s decision to donate his own money to boost her salary on the cop drama, which was released in 2019.

The Black Panther actor, who tragically died from colon cancer aged 43 in August, supplemented the star’s pay cheque after her figure was turned down by the studio. 

Sweet: Sienna Miller praised her late 21 Bridges co-star Chadwick Boseman for his ‘grace and dignity’ on Friday’s forthcoming episode of The Graham Norton Show

Looking back, she said: ‘He did an amazing thing for me – he donated some of his salary to get me to the number I had originally asked for. 

‘We became close friends and I didn’t really want to bring it up, so I wrote him a letter to thank him. He said, “You got paid what you deserve and what you are worth.”

‘That was so validating from a man I respected so much. It’s that kind of behaviour that moves the needle – there is a lot of talk but not much action. 

‘He had grace and dignity – it wasn’t flashy, he did it because it was fair.’

Kind gesture: The Black Panther actor, who tragically died from colon cancer aged 43 in August, supplemented the star's pay cheque after her figure was turned down by the studio

Kind gesture: The Black Panther actor, who tragically died from colon cancer aged 43 in August, supplemented the star’s pay cheque after her figure was turned down by the studio

Praise: Sienna said: 'We became close friends and I didn’t really want to bring it up, so I wrote him a letter to thank him. He said, "You got paid what you deserve and what you are worth"'

Praise: Sienna said: ‘We became close friends and I didn’t really want to bring it up, so I wrote him a letter to thank him. He said, “You got paid what you deserve and what you are worth”‘

In September last year, Sienna told how she was ‘hesitant’ to return to filming before being cast in 21 Bridges but was keen to work with Chadwick.

Speaking to Empire, she said: ‘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.

‘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.”‘

She added: ‘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.’ 

Grateful: Sienna reflected, 'That was so validating from a man I respected so much... He had grace and dignity – it wasn’t flashy, he did it because it was fair'

Grateful: Sienna reflected, ‘That was so validating from a man I respected so much… He had grace and dignity – it wasn’t flashy, he did it because it was fair’

The American Sniper actress described how the gesture was a ‘testament’ to Chadwick’s character and explained how there was ‘no showiness’ to the offer.

Chadwick, who was a producer on 21 Bridges, approached Sienna to star in the film and told her he was a ‘fan’ of her work which she said was ‘reciprocated, tenfold’. 

However Sienna revealed how she had been ‘working non-stop’ and was ‘exhausted’. after starring in films such as American Woman and The Catcher Was a Spy. 

Decision: In September last year, Sienna described the gesture as 'the most astounding thing' and told how she could not 'imagine' another man 'behaving that graciously' (pictured in 2019)

Decision: In September last year, Sienna described the gesture as ‘the most astounding thing’ and told how she could not ‘imagine’ another man ‘behaving that graciously’ (pictured in 2019)

The British-American actress later requested a ‘number’ which was turned down by the film bosses prompting Chadwick to step in to get Sienna on-board. 

The Edge of Love star described the gesture as ‘the most astounding thing’ and told how she could not ‘imagine’ another man ‘in that town’ ‘behaving that graciously or respectfully’. 

In the action movie Chadwick stars as the embattled NYPD detective, Andre Davis, who joins a citywide manhunt for two cop killers.

Thankful: The American Sniper actress claimed it was a 'testament' to Chadwick's character and explained how there was 'no showiness' to the offer

 Thankful: The American Sniper actress claimed it was a ‘testament’ to Chadwick’s character and explained how there was ‘no showiness’ to the offer

As the night unfolds, he uncovers a massive conspiracy that links his fellow police officers to a criminal empire and he becomes unsure of who to pursue and who’s after him. 

When the search intensifies, authorities take the extreme measure of closing all of Manhattan’s 21 bridges to prevent the suspects from escaping.

Sienna plays Frankie Burns – a detective working with Andre while Taylor Kitsch, who plays Ray Jackson, and Stephan James, who stars as Michael Trujillo, are the two suspects on the run. 

Chadwick is survived by his wife Taylor Simone Ledward and a parent, and had no children. 

Plot: In the action movie Chadwick stars as the embattled NYPD detective, Andre Davis, who joins a citywide manhunt for two cop killers with detective Frankie Burns (Miller)

Plot: In the action movie Chadwick stars as the embattled NYPD detective, Andre Davis, who joins a citywide manhunt for two cop killers with detective Frankie Burns (Miller)


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