Hollywood is raising its collective voice against the huge payment mismatch between Mark Wahlberg, who was paid $1.5 million for reshooting his scenes from “All the Money in the World” and Michelle William, who got a measly $1,000 for redoing her scenes in the Ridley Scott film.
Williams’ take home for the reshoot works out to 0.66% of the amount Wahlberg received – an insignificant fraction of what the male actor got for his efforts. Gender discrimination? Well, that’s the direction most fingers are pointing towards!
When a disgraced Kevin Spacey was purged from the film for his sexual indiscretions and replaced by veteran actor Christopher Plummer, Ridley Scott and Imperative Entertainment were commended for their bold decision.
“We cannot let one person’s behavior affect the good work of all of these other people,” Scott had said at the time.
Scott did not waste time in assembling his cast and crew in Europe for reshooting 22 scenes of Spacey with Christopher Plummer and even managed to avert a delay in the film’s scheduled release over the Christmas holidays.
However, after USA Today exclusively reported that three people privy to the situation “but not authorized to speak publicly” told the publication about the payment disparity, voices on social media, directly or indirectly, screamed gender inequality.
Writer-director-comedian-actor Judd Apatow said it was a “messed up” state of affairs. “I wonder if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane.”
This is so messed up that it is almost hard to believe. Almost. This is how this business works. I wonder if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane. https://t.co/RsunBlOeCk
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 10, 2018
Producer-actress Jessica Chastain asked for clarification on the issue of the massive payment mismatch. “I really hope that with everything coming to light, she was paid fairly. She’s a brilliant actress and is wonderful in the film,” she wrote on Twitter.
I heard for the reshoot she got $80 a day compared to his MILLIONS. Would anyone like to clarify? I really hope that with everything coming to light, she was paid fairly. She's a brilliant actress and is wonderful in the film. https://t.co/VzGA2ucAjV
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) January 9, 2018
Melissa Silverstein, founder/publisher of @womenahollywood which educates, advocates and agitates for gender equity in Hollywood – as she claims in her Twitter profile, called the whole thing an “EGREGIOUS GENDER PAY GAP.”
I started this last night and now it has been confirmed by others. Michelle Williams paid under 1,000 and Mark Wahlberg paid 1.5m. Williams was told they were all donating their time for the reshoots. THIS IS AN EGREGIOUS GENDER PAY GAP. #paymichelle https://t.co/edORyoNkgf https://t.co/red4f2LQF4
— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) January 10, 2018
Award-winning investigative journalist Victoria Brownworth questioned the sense behind paying “$80 per shoot” to Williams who has “FOUR OSCAR NOMINATIONS & FOUR BAFTA noms & FIVE GOLDEN GLOBE noms,” when “the guy who has none of that was paid $1.5M? They’ve learned nothing out there in Hollywood, have they?”
So the actress with FOUR OSCAR NOMINATIONS & FOUR BAFTA noms & FIVE GOLDEN GLOBE noms was paid $80 per shoot but the guy who has none of that was paid $1.5M?
They've learned nothing out there in Hollywood, have they?
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) January 10, 2018
Speaking to USA Today in December, Scott had said that the reshoot was helped by the fact that “everyone did it for nothing” except Christopher Plummer, which made sense considering he was not part of the film initially and was shooting his scenes for the first time.
USA Today later came to know that “Wahlberg’s team actually negotiated a hefty fee, with the actor paid $1.5 million for his reshoots,” while Williams was kept in the dark about the whole deal.
Williams Morris Endeavor agency that represents both Williams and Wahlberg has so far avoided responding to USA Today’s request for comment and so have representatives of WME, Sony, Imperative Entertainment and Scott.
Williams, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film was accompanied by “MeToo” founder Tarana Burke at the awards on Sunday.
Michelle Williams arrives with #MeToo founder @TaranaBurke in the first appearance of many expected actress-activist pairings on the #GoldenGlobes red carpet. Story: https://t.co/32lCNw5sr9 Full awards coverage: https://t.co/R1BPK3gl4k pic.twitter.com/1ClVS07eV0
— AP Entertainment (@APEntertainment) January 7, 2018
Actress Mia Farrow said it was “outrageously unfair- but it’s always been like this.” She wrote that she was “never, ever paid even a quarter of what the male lead received: Wahlberg got $1.5M for ‘All the Money’ reshoot, Williams paid less than $1,000.”
Outrageously unfair- but it’s always been like this. I was never, ever paid even a quarter of what the male lead received: Wahlberg got $1.5M for 'All the Money' reshoot, Williams paid less than $1,000 https://t.co/LrOjrHVjcp
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 10, 2018
Mark Wahlberg should have had to pay $1.5 million for the privilege of acting opposite Michelle Williams https://t.co/7PgKcxukoG
— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin) January 10, 2018