Last week came a major story with the reveal that Mark Wahlberg was paid exorbitantly more than his co-star Michelle Williams for the reshoots on Ridley Scott’s “All the Money In The World” – him receiving a $1.5 million paycheck while Williams scored less than $1000 even as both had the same work commitments and are represented by the same agency.
USA Today broke the story then followed it up with further details. They revealed Wahlberg had casting approval in his contract and used it as leverage to effectively renegotiate his fee and hold the film hostage as he wouldn’t approve Christopher Plummer’s hire unless he got his new fee.
Williams had reshoots in her contract, but there are differing reports as to whether Wahlberg had them set in his. The reshoots themselves were also reportedly not financed by distributor Sony Pictures but rather the far smaller production company Imperative Entertainment which would feel the pinch of having to fork out extra for reshoots.
While some have tried to paint it as an example of the gender pay gap, or bad representation on Williams part, it mostly just paints a picture of Wahlberg as a cold, greed-obsessed miser worthy of J. Paul Getty whereas everyone else was a team player – especially the selfless Williams.
It has also led to re-examinations of Wahlberg’s character in various articles in recent days including allegations from his past and questions over his value as last month Forbes named him both the world’s highest paid actor and its most overpaid actor.
In what appears to be an attempt at damage control, Wahlberg and his agency WME will reportedly now donate over $1.5 million in Michelle Williams’ name to the Time’s Up fund to combat harassment and pay inequities in Hollywood. Wahlberg’s statement in full reads:
“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for ‘All the Money in the World’ has become an important topic of conversation, I 100 percent support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name. The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a position of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities, including the gender wage gap. In recognition of the pay discrepancy on the ‘All the Money in the World’ reshoots, WME is donating an additional $500,000 to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name, following our $1 million pledge to the organization earlier this month. It’s crucial that this conversation continues within our community and we are committed to being part of the solution.”
Williams responded to the news with a gracious statement saying: “Today isn’t about me. My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted. If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice. Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment. Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours.”
“All the Money in the World” is now in cinemas.
Source: The Playlist