Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
After the pay disparity of Ridley Scott’s All The Money in the World rocked the cineamtic industry, Mark Wahlberg and his agency, WME, have finally responded. Both Wahlberg and the agency have agreed to donate $2 million to the Time’s Up fund to combat harassment and pay inequities in Hollywood.
For those unfamiliar, when Sony and Ridley Scott ordered reshoots for All The Money in the World, the original impression was that the cast and crew were to work for free. Then a report came out stating that Mark Wahlberg was actually paid $1.5 million while co-star Michelle Williams was only paid a little over $1000. After accusations of blatant sexism ran rampant, we reported that the major issue here was that two different teams from the company negotiated each actor’s contracts for the film. When Michelle Williams signed on, her contract did in fact include reshoots. Mark Wahlberg on the other hand, did not have reshoots included, meaning that when he returned, he was able to renegotiate for more money.
Still, it was incredibly troubling to see this kind of pay discrepancy and Wahlberg agrees, saying this in a statement:
“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.”
In addition, WME will be contributing $500,000 and had this to say:
“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.”
While this is a massive problem that needs to be discussed more and more, it is good to see Wahlberg and WME realizing the issue and making a contribution to the solution.
All The Money in the World has become one of the most talked about films in recent memory, spewing all kinds of conflicting reports. One source noted that Wahlberg’s contract did actually have reshoots in it and another stating that Wahlberg was only paid more due to his box office appeal. Wahlberg has starred in 11 films that have grossed $100 million+ compared to Williams only starring in 2 films that have hit that mark.
Regardless, it is time for Hollywood to face their gender pay disparity issues and move towards paying everyone equally. At the moment, neither the principal actors in the drama nor WME are commenting, and their various reps either declined or did not respond to requests for further comment.
All The Money in the World is in theatres everywhere now.