Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5M to Michelle Williams' $800

Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5M to Michelle Williams' $800

As the pay gap debate continues to gain steam in the wake of news that Michelle Williams was paid less than 1% of Mark Wahlberg's paycheck for the All the Money in the World reshoots, more details emerge about Wahlberg's deal over his fee. However, the Screen Actors Guide did launch an investigation into the pay disparity this week.

An anonymous source familiar with the situation told the publication, "What [Wahlberg] said was, 'I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.'" The source said Wahlberg's contract granted him co-star approval. The second source, a Hollywood insider, said that Wahlberg's lawyer formally vetoed the Oscar victor in a letter to financiers until his demand for more payment was met.

Since the story broke that Wahlberg chose to use the #MeToo moment to profit from reshooting the film, The Wrap has reported that reshoots weren't in Wahlberg's contract while they were in Williams's.

Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams attend the premiere of Sony Pictures Entertainment's "All The Money In The World" at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on December 18, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. According to TMZ's report, the Transformers alum also agreed to redo the scenes with Williams and Spacey's replacement, Christopher Plummer, but he and Scott did not discuss his compensation at the time. But Wahlberg, who had "costar approval" in his contract, not only chose to profit off Spacey's alleged history of preying on underage boys, he reportedly took things a step further and refused to sign off on veteran actor Christopher Plummer replacing Spacey in the film unless he was paid a handsome sum, USA Today reports.

This means that the single mother traveled to Italy in late November for a last-second reshoot while being paid 0.05 per cent what her male co-star was making for his work. Williams received approximately $1,000 due to SAG per diem rules, but was reportedly uninformed that Wahlberg's team had negotiated for higher pay, despite the fact that she is represented by the same talent agency. "She's a brilliant Oscar nominated, Golden Globe winning actress".

"I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me", she said. But the new USA Today story debunks both of those claims, reporting that both actors had reshoots included their contracts. I said, 'Will you come back [and reshoot]?' They said, 'Absolutely.' I said, 'For how much?' They said, 'For free.' Everyone came back for nothing.

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