“The Crown” star Matt Smith is under increasing pressure to donate to charity the portion of his salary exceeding what was paid to his leading lady Claire Foy. While Foy was clearly the lead in the Netflix drama about the early years in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, she was paid far less than Smith, who portrayed Prince Phillip. The explanation given for this disparity is that his profile was higher than hers thanks to “Doctor Who.”
Smith is being called on to follow the recent example of Mark Wahlberg and donate his excess salary to charity. When the firing of Kevin Spacey necessitated re-shoots on “All the Money in the World,” Wahlberg picked up a whopping $1.5 million for a few days work while Michelle Williams was paid only an $80 per diem. When this came to light, Wahlberg donated his salary to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Williams’ name.
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Producers have guaranteed that Foy’s successor in the role, Olivia Colman, will be the highest paid member of the cast for the upcoming seasons three and four. But that doesn’t do Foy much good. TV academy voters may decide to give her a gold Emmy to make up for this lack of green. She has already won two SAG Awards and could well win her first Emmy Award this fall. What do you think?
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