Social media has grilled Mark Wahlberg big time throughout last week after news came out about his charging $1.5 million for the All the Money in the World reshoots, while his co-star Michelle Williams made a great deal less than that. The news came out after it was well publicized that they had done the reshoots for free. Now, Wahlberg has come out with the only possible thing that he could have done. He is giving away his entire paycheck to the #Timesup movement, which had dominated last Sunday’s Golden Globes Awards event.
In tandem with his WME agents, Wahlberg has indulged in some significant firefighting. He was blasted on social media, once reports came out that his WME team worked out a $1.5 million payout for the reshoots that were done over the Thanksgiving holiday. Movie’s director Ridley Scott got only ten days to reshoot the fresh scenes, featuring Christopher Plumber who has replaced actor Kevin Spacey.
While it was stated that the actors were not charging for it, SAG’s rules insist that actors must be paid for their work. Michelle Williams took the least salary possible, by charging $800 for the reshoots. Whereas, Wahlberg took leverage of a contractual clause to ask for a lot more. He had the authority to approve his co-star, and sources reveal that he refused to okay Plumber until getting paid $1.5 million, a scenario replicating an incident in the film itself.
Now Wahlberg is going to donate all that cash to the #TimesUp movement, and the donation will be in Michelle Williams’ name. This is Wahlberg said via a statement about the matter:
“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.”
The actor’s agency William Morris Endeavor is also giving away half a million dollars to the cause. Thus, the total donation comes to $2 million. The Hollywood Reporter released the statement issued by WME.
“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.”
#TimesUp campaign has rallied actresses demanding for gender parity. All the Money in the World reshoots turned out to be a bizarre case where a male actor was paid handsomely whereas his female co-star received less than one percent of his payout. This news arrived at the most opportune time for the #TimesUp banner, and it seems as if it was all immaculately planned.