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Superstar Actor Gave Up Portion of Salary to Boost Pay for Female Co-Star

In August, the world lost an iconic figure of film and stage. Chadwick Boseman, best known as king T’Challa from Marvel’s Black Panther, died from complications of colon cancer at 43. Because of his quiet and generous nature and the privacy with which he battled his sickness, Boseman’s death reverberated not only across the entertainment community, but throughout the world.

As the tributes continued to roll in from a variety of high-profile Hollywood figures, actor Sienna Miller added her own to the mix. Miller co-starred with Boseman in the action-thriller 21 Bridges, but she says she only ended up in the film because of his generosity.

Miller said, "So, he approached me to do it 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 I wanted to work with him." She added that she would only do the film “if I were compensated in the right way.” After contacting the studio, however, they balked at the number she had in mind. Apparently, they didn’t think she was worth that much. But Boseman used his leverage to ensure her participation, donating a portion of his salary to ensure she could receive fair pay.

The move surprised Miller greatly.

That kind of thing just doesn't happen. He said, “You're getting paid what you deserve, and what you're worth.” … 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.

Possible Preaching Angle:

As Christians, we are instructed to go out of our way to show generosity and respect, especially to those with less power or privilege. This is the way that we stand apart from the crowd.

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