Following the outcry over the massive pay disparity over his salary for reshoots on “All the Money in the World” compared to what female co-star Michelle Williams earned, Mark Wahlberg has announced that he’s donating the $1.5 million he earned for the reshoots to the Time’s Up legal fund.
In addition, Deadline reports that Wahlberg’s agency, WME, has also pledged to donate $500,000 to Time’s Up, with both donations being made in the Williams’ name.
“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for ‘All The Money in the World’ has become an important topic of conversation,” said Wahlberg in a statement. “I 100-per-cent 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.”
“The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a position of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities, including the gender wage gap,” added WME in its statement. “In recognition of the pay discrepancy on the ‘All the Money in the World’ reshoots, WME is donating an additional $500,000 to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name, following our $1 million pledge to the organization earlier this month. It’s crucial that this conversation continues within our community and we are committed to being part of the solution.”
Williams described the impact her fellow actresses made as “one of the most indelible days of my life” and praised Anthony Rapp in a statement published by Amy Kaufman of The Los Angeles Times.
The donations follow controversy over the disparity between the salaries of Wahlberg (who earned $1.5 million) and Williams (who reportedly earned approximately $1,000) for last-minute reshoots in which Christopher Plummer stepped in to play role of oil magnate J.P. Getty after Kevin Spacey (who originally played the character) was hit with multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
According to earlier reports, Wahlberg’s “All the Money” contract granted him co-star approval on the film, and he allegedly demanded a $1.5-million bonus before he would approve Plummer for the reshoots.