There’s been a swift resolution to the pay inequality controversy surrounding Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World.”
The film made headlines once again last week after it was revealed star Michelle Williams (“Manchester By the Sea”) was paid only $1,000 to costar Mark Wahlberg’s (“Ted”) $1.5 million for late reshoots on the film. To remedy the situation, Wahlberg will be donating his entire reshoot paycheck to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Williams’ name, along with a $500,000 donation from talent agency WME.
“All the Money in the World” was completed and ready for viewing when allegations of sexual misconduct by previous star Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”) came to light, leading Scott to cut Spacey’s scenes from the film and recast Spacey’s role with Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”). The cast and crew pulled together to reshoot Spacey’s scenes in the few weeks before the film’s Christmas Day premiere. While Williams swiftly agreed to come back, happy the film wouldn’t be tainted by Spacey, Wahlberg and his team negotiated a hefty price for his return. Wahlberg has since caught heat for the move and released a public statement on Twitter on Saturday, saying:
— Mark Wahlberg (@mark_wahlberg) January 13, 2018
WME has also announced an additional $500,000 donation to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Williams’ name, saying:
“The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a poition (sic) of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities, including the gender wage gap. In recognition of the pay discrepancy on 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 released a statement on the situation on Sunday, giving kudos to Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery”) for coming forward about Spacey’s predatory behavior:
Michelle Williams' reaction to Mark Wahlberg's donation: pic.twitter.com/iDIzLwangf
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) January 14, 2018
Before Wahlberg’s donation, SAG-AFTRA had been looking into the situation to discern if there was a violation of the union’s contract for their members. The situation looked even worse when taking into account that both Williams and Wahlberg are repped by WME; while Wahlberg’s team negotiated a hefty payout for the actor, Williams wasn’t even told of the situation. If WME knowingly negotiated a higher payout for Wahlberg and decided not to tell Williams, further questions could’ve been raised about the agency’s supposedly fair and equal representation, according to Deadline.
“All the Money in the World” is currently in theaters.