Why did Michelle Williams sacrifice fair pay to replace a predator?

Tomas Mccoy
January 12, 2018

In November past year, it was reported that Wahlberg was paid at least $2 million for ten days of work. After Kevin Spacey was sacked, All the Money by the World director, Ridley Scott, took the decision of reshooting Kevin Spacey's scenes completely with Christopher Plummer. She ultimately worked over Thanksgiving, racing to London on an overnight flight after arranging for her 12-year-old daughter, Matilda, to spend the holiday without her.

In December, Scott told USA Today that he was able to keep costs down for the re-shoot because "everyone did it for nothing".

The founder of Women and Hollywood Melissa Siverstein tweeted; "On the day after display of female power at the #goldenglobes, I learned that there was an egregious pay gap between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg for the All The Money In The World reshoot".

"I wouldn't get paid, I refused to get paid".

Ironically, William Morris Endeavor, an American talent agency, represents both actors but failed to advocate them equally.

What's alarming and preposterous about this revelation is that Williams is a markedly more gifted and critically recognized film presence than Wahlberg, who hasn't even given a noteworthy acting performance in his career. "She deserves more than 1% of her male costar's salary".

As per a report by USA Today, Mark Wahlberg's team negotiated a hefty deal after they were approached for sudden re-shoots.


Scott realized that all the hard work put forth by hundreds of people, including lower-paid actors and crew members, would never see the light of day if the film was shelved. Reshoots are complicated in production, based on matters like contract days and talent's willingness to participate.

The disclosure of salary details came after Sunday's Golden Globes, which was a showcase for Time's Up, a new initiative to end sexual harassment and gender inequality.

"They could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted", she said of what she was willing to do for the reshoots.

Michelle Williams in a still from the movie All the Money in the World. "Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort".

According to Variety, a spokesperson for SAG-AFTRA, which is the union representing both the actors, said that the organisation is looking at the circumstances of the pay disparity. But as soon as they told me about the idea, I said, 'Take whatever you want.'.

Representatives for Wahlberg, Williams, WME, Sony, Imperative Entertainment, and Scott did not respond to USA Today's requests for comment.

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