Mark Wahlberg’s sizable salary for Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World re-shoots wasn’t a good look to begin with, especially given that his co-star Michelle Williams was paid a daily fee of just $1,000. And the situation only worsened when it was reported two days later that Wahlberg had essentially held the movie for ransom, refusing to allow Scott to hire Christopher Plummer until he was paid. The outcry was swift, and this weekend Wahlberg announced that he will donate the entirety of his re-shoots salary to Time’s Up—in Williams’s name.
“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All the Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation,” Wahlberg said in a statement on Saturday. “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.” His agency, WME (which is also Williams’s agency), announced that they’d be adding an additional donation of $500,000.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday, Williams shared credit for the ostensible win. “Today isn’t about me,” she said, adding, “My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted. If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice. Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment. Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours.”
Rapp’s allegation that former All the Money star Kevin Spacey had attempted to sexually assault him when he was a teenager led to Scott replacing Spacey in the movie; Jessica Chastain, Amber Tamblyn, Judd Apatow, and Sophia Bush were among the celebrities who tweeted their outrage that Wahlberg had demanded such a hefty sum in comparison to Williams. Wahlberg had initially taken a pay cut of about 80 percent of his usual fee to do the film, knocking his salary down from $15 million to $12 million.
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