January 9, 2018 at 8:08 pm #1202462656
Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for reshooting his scenes in All the Money in the World, three people familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about it tell USA TODAY, while Michelle Williams was paid an $80 per diem totaling less than $1,000.
That works out to Williams being paid less than 1% of her male co-star.
Ridley Scott’s Getty kidnapping drama was hastily reshot the week of Thanksgiving after a cascade of sexual misconduct allegations were made public against Kevin Spacey, who previously starred in the drama as billionaire J. Paul Getty.
Scott transfixed the film world by quickly assembling his actors over the holiday break in Europe, reshooting Spacey’s scenes with Christopher Plummer — and still making his Christmas release window.
The wave of publicity that followed made All the Money in the World, distributed by Sony and financed by Imperative Entertainment, roll into the Sunday’s Golden Globes as a relative triumph.
But new information reveals ugly math behind the Hollywood victory. The reshoot cost $10 million (a fee put up by producing arm Imperative). In December, Scott told USA TODAY that the undertaking was aided by the fact that “everyone did it for nothing.”
The exchange went as follows:
RIDLEY SCOTT: “The whole reshoot was — in normal terms was expensive but not as expensive as you think. Because all of them, everyone did it for nothing.”
USA TODAY: “Really?”
SCOTT: “No, I wouldn’t get paid, I refused to get paid.”
USA TODAY: “You didn’t pay the actors more to do it?”
SCOTT: “No, they all came in free. Christopher had to get paid. But Michelle, no. Me, no. I wouldn’t do that to — ”
USA TODAY: “The crew, of course, did get paid?”
SCOTT: “Of course. ”
USA TODAY has since learned Wahlberg’s team actually negotiated a hefty fee, with the actor paid $1.5 million for his reshoots. Williams wasn’t told.
Wahlberg and Williams are both represented by the William Morris Endeavor agency. Actors pay a team of agents, managers and lawyers an average of 10% of their salaries to advocate for them. Representatives for Wahlberg, Williams, WME, Sony, Imperative Entertainment and Scott did not respond to USA TODAY’s requests for comment.
In August, Forbes named Wahlberg the highest-paid actor of the year, calculating his pretax and pre-fee earnings at $68 million. The Washington Post first reported Wahlberg’s reshoot fee, noting that the actor “along with manager Stephen Levinson and agency WME, have a reputation in Hollywood for driving a tough bargain.”
Williams previously told USA TODAY that when Scott’s team called to request her time for the reshoot, “I said I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort.”
What a dickwad.January 9, 2018 at 8:31 pm #1202462665This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.January 9, 2018 at 8:57 pm #1202462686
It’s the agency! Why did they do negotiations for him and not her? And Michelle is too nice! “They could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted.” Though I suspect she didn’t know what he’s getting.
They should open up the Best Actress category to 6 people for all I care or put Michelle in the Actor/Director/Screenplay/Animated Film/Cinematography category! Anything!January 9, 2018 at 9:49 pm #1202462703
I HATE the title of this thread because I don’t know or believe Mark Wahlberg is to blame for this. The gender wage gap has been going on forever, including and especially in Hollywood, well before Marky Mark was even BORN. ????
It’s not Mark’s fault that he was paid MUCH more than Michelle. ButMark has a voice. Why didn’t he speak up and let Michelle know what deal he was getting so that she could have the opportunity to close the wage gap.
The wage disparity needs to be more of an open topic between male and female counterparts. I am sure if there were two male stars in the film there would definitely have been conversations about “what are you getting?” “this is what i’m getting?” etc. These conversations have been happening with male costars for years and years, and now this is a wake up call to show that women should absolutely be allowed into these conversations too so they have the space to close the wage imbalance.January 9, 2018 at 9:53 pm #1202462705This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.January 10, 2018 at 2:58 pm #1202463615
Wahlberg has far more star power while Williams is a critical darling.
That said, I’ve just seen the movie, and this story it’s now even more ridiculous for me: Whalberg characther really supports William’s one, the clear center and heart of the movie.January 10, 2018 at 5:04 pm #1202463714
Wahlberg has always been awful. This just highlights it.January 10, 2018 at 5:45 pm #1202463729This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.January 10, 2018 at 6:53 pm #1202463778
I wouldn’t be surprise though if Williams bumped in the Oscar’s Best Actress list. This kind of news is interesting to the Actors Branch. I remember Jonah Hill in Wolf of Wall Street.January 10, 2018 at 11:42 pm #1202463896
Why is Wahlberg to be blamed for this?January 13, 2018 at 3:05 pm #1202466570
This story isn’t over yet …
Mark Wahlberg says he’ll donate $1.5 million in Michelle Williams’ name
http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/13/entertainment/wahlberg-williams-timesup/index.htmlJanuary 13, 2018 at 3:23 pm #1202466582
He’s a piece of shit anyway.January 13, 2018 at 6:48 pm #1202466669
Well done with the donation.
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