Wednesday 19 December 2018

Mark Wahlberg speaks out about 'awkward' All the Money in the World reshoot pay disparity

Mark Wahlberg (L) and Michelle Williams attend the premiere of Sony Pictures Entertainment's
Mark Wahlberg (L) and Michelle Williams attend the premiere of Sony Pictures Entertainment's "All The Money In The World" at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on December 18, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Mark Wahlberg (L) and Michelle Williams attend the premiere of Sony Pictures Entertainment's "All The Money In The World" at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on December 18, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Mark Wahlberg has addressed the reshoot pay gap with Michelle Williams on All the Money in the World.

After Kevin Spacey left the project in the wake of a swathe of sexual harassment allegations, and was replaced by Christopher Plummer, reshoots were required on the Sir Ridley Scott movie late last year.

Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million (€1.22 million) for these reshoots but Michelle Williams reportedly received less than $1,000 (€810) as she volunteered to give up her reshoot salary.

When the disparity came to light Wahlberg donated his extra fee to the anti-harassment initiative Time's Up while talent agency William Morris Endeavours donated $500,000 (€405,000).

The actor has now addressed the issue, telling Entertainment Tonight that "It didn’t take much to make the decision. It was just the right thing to do, you know?".

Defending his pay, he said, "It's not me who decides who gets paid what. Your value's based on what the marketplace dictates, and with that particular situation, it was very awkward."

"It was like, you know what, we'll donate that and they need the rest of the money that I got paid to do it too, because I - like everybody else - did the movie to make the movie with Ridley Scott," he said.

He added that he took a "substantial" pay cut.

Plummer, who came on board the movie at the last minute, last week said the pay disparity was a "scandal".

Asked about the matter by The Hollywood Reporter, Plummer said: “Oh Jesus, it never stops. The scandal goes on and on.

“I thought it was good that Mark ended up donating his salary.”

Michelle Williams celebrates Wahlberg’s Time’s Up donation of $1.5m All the Money in the World fee after pay row

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