Michelle Williams made 1,500 times less than co-star Mark Wahlberg to re-shoot All The Money in the World
One step forward, two steps back.
Actress Michelle Williams (37) was paid 1,500 times less than her male co-star Mark Wahlberg for the reshoots required in their latest film All The Money in the World. Kevin Spacey was an original cast member, but was replaced after a slew of sexual misconduct allegations were made against him and Christopher Plummer was recast in the role as J. Paul Getty.
At the time, producers were praised for the decision to remove Spacey from the film, but face new criticism as it has been reveled that female lead Williams, who has been nominated for four Oscars, was paid substantially less than blockbuster star Wahlberg. The Transformers actor received $1.5m for his time for the reshoots, while Williams was given less than $1,000.
The Brokeback Mountain star said she wanted to be as accommodating as possible in order to facilities the reshoots, saying she "appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort".
"I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me," she said. "And they could have my salary; they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted," she told USA Today.
Wahlberg's team negotiated for the hefty fee, while Williams did it for "nothing", as did director Ridley Scott.
Celebrities have come out in support of Williams and expressed their outrage, including her best friend Busy Phillips, actress Jessica Chastain and producer Judd Apatow.
Please go see Michelle's performance in All The Money in The World. She's a brilliant Oscar nominated Golden Globe winning actress. She has been in the industry for 20 yrs. She deserves more than 1% of her male costar' s salary. https://t.co/HIniew6lf7— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) January 10, 2018
This is so messed up that it is almost hard to believe. Almost. This is how this business works. I wonder if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane. https://t.co/RsunBlOeCk— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 10, 2018