Hollywood uproar over Mark Wahlberg-Michelle Williams pay gap

Director Ridley Scott made a decision to reshoot scenes from "All the Money in the World" that included Kevin Spacey after the Oscar-winning actor was accused of sexual harassment and assault. The film still made its December 22 release.

Both Williams and Wahlberg earned a daily per diem of $80.

Those close to the production have argued to Deadline that the pay disparity wasn't a gender issue, rather that the unprecedented reshoots to meet a December 25 theatrical release forced a rush situation. The disclosure prompted instant outrage. "She's a brilliant Oscar-nominated Golden Globe-winning actress", raged indignant United States actress Jessica Chastain on Twitter. Portman, for example, said she was paid three times less than her male co-star Ashton Kutcher for the 2011 movie "No Strings Attached".

"This is so messed up that it is nearly hard to believe". Almost. This is how this business works. Another insider says Wahlberg's lawyer formally vetoed the "Transformers: The Last Knight" actor in a letter to financiers until his demand for additional payment was met.

The ceremony was fashioned into a showcase for Time's Up, a new initiative started to gender inequality and sexual harassment in Hollywood and other industries. Amber Tamblyn called the disparity "unacceptable", while Jessica Chastain tweeted, "Please go see Michelle's performance in All The Money in The World".

The two were reportedly on set for the same number of days for the reshoots.

USA Today reported it had since learned that Wahlberg's team had actually negotiated a deal in which he would be paid $1.5 million for his reshoot, and that Williams wasn't told.

Williams quickly agreed to return.

In the same piece, Blue Valentine actress Williams said she agreed to reshoot the scenes for free because she "would do anything" for Ridley Scott.

"They could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted", she said of what she was willing to do for the reshoots. "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. He asked his primary agent, Doug Lucterhand, to push for more money.

Wahlberg and Williams are both represented by William Morris Endeavor talent agency, which has not commented on the wage gaps between the actors. In Hollywood's particular calculus, while Williams has an impressive résumé (having earned four Oscar nominations, most recently as supporting actress in 2016's Manchester by the Sea), Wahlberg is considered the bigger box-office draw, since he has starred in worldwide blockbusters like 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction.

A still from the movie All the Money in the World.

  • Kyle Peterson