Friday, 19 October, 2018

Hollywood uproad over Mark Wahlberg-Michelle Williams pay gap

Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams
Jeannette Daniel | 12 January, 2018, 06:17

Mark Wahlberg refused to approve Christopher Plummer as a replacement for Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World unless he was paid over a million dollars for the reshoot, USA TODAY has learned.

Williams also agreed to work over Thanksgiving, racing to London on an overnight flight and arranging for her 12-year-old daughter to spend the holiday without her. "And I'll give you my Thanksgiving break, if that would help.' And they, to their credit, they only took my Thanksgiving break", Williams said.

Scott had previously told USA Today that the actors did the reshoots "for nothing" - meaning union minimums - and that he also did not get paid. That works out to Williams being paid less than one-tenth of 1% of her male co-star. Jessica Chastain, now starring in the Golden Globe-nominated "Molly's Game", called Williams a "brilliant" actress who "deserves more". Scott said publicly that everyone involved in the reshoots did so without additional compensation. Wahlberg's agent Ari Emanuel - the person that Jeremy Piven's character of Entourage was based upon, which was by the way produced by Wahlberg - was in part able to grant his client this advantage because the actor reportedly initially signed up to do the film at a pay cut to add prestige to his résumé.

Christopher Plummer was roped in to replace Spacey and the veteran actor reshot the scenes barely six weeks before the film's scheduled release. "She deserves more than 1% of her male costar' s salary", tweetedactress Jessica Chastain. Williams can, and has, unequivocally outacted Wahlberg in the majority of her roles versus his, if not in all of them. Reports suggest that a few scenes from Ridley Scott-directed movie were to be re-shot after Kevin Spacey was sacked from the movie following sexual harassment allegations.


"They could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted", she said of the production team at the time. But with the film's survival on the line, she agreed to take far less: the union-designated rate of $80 per day, which worked out to less than $1,000 for the 10 days of reshoots. The problem is that she, her representatives and the producers of "All The Money In The World" all accepted that pulling off that ambitious goal required her to forfeit a salary.

There's a common refrain in Hollywood when women like Williams are paid less: "It's bad, but Mark Wahlberg has more negotiating power". He asked his primary agent, Doug Lucterhand, to push for more money.

Spokesmen for Imperative, William Morris Endeavor and Sony Pictures, which distributed "All the Money in the World", declined to comment for this article.

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