Mark Wahlberg Profits Off Kevin Spacey Scandal

Emilio Banks
January 11, 2018

Reports that Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million to reshoot his scenes for All the Money in the World while Michelle Williams earned less than 1% of that for the same work have raised eyebrows in Hollywood and across the country.

Actress Michelle Williams was reportedly paid less than 1% of co-star Mark Wahlberg's salary for a 10-day re-shoot on "All the Money in the World".

The report flies in the face of Williams' work in the newly-launched Time's Up campaign, an effort led by female stars to address gender discrimination in Hollywood and other industries.

This would contradict director Ridley Scott's remarks to USA Today in December that "everyone did it for nothing".

The film had originally starred Kevin Spacey, however after a series of allegations emerged claiming that the star had sexually harassed a number of young males, Ridley made the immediate decision to re-cast Christopher Plummer in the leading role.

Wahlberg was named the highest-paid actor of 2017 by Forbes in August, with his pre-tax and pre-fee earnings coming in at $68 million.

What makes the situation even worse is that both actors are represented by the same agency, William Morris Endeavor agency. Williams, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance as Gail Harris, the mother of 16-year-old kidnapping victim John Paul Getty III, attended the ceremony accompanied by activist and #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke.

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"I knew it was going to infect my film, which I was very proud of", Scott told q in December of the process, which cost approxiamtely $10-million US.

However, as the Washington Post reported in November, Wahlberg's team, known for driving a tough bargain, managed to negotiate the notable payout.

But three sources, who remained anonymous, were cited in the report detailing Wahlberg and Williams' payments for the unprecedented shoot.

With news of the pay gap now public, many actors and fans have come to Williams defense, including The Deuce's Dave Krumholtz. She told USA Today at the time, 'They could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Scott said he and Williams refused to get paid and that he only needed to pay Plummer and the crew.

Deadline learned today that before any of the reshoots occurred, Wahlberg took an 80% cut on what he normally earns ($15 million-plus a movie) in order to work with Scott and because it was a potential awards contender. This just happened. Hollywood needs to change.

The film, which was released in time for Christmas, was heralded as a triumph for the director, who was able to seamlessly remove Spacey from it without affecting the bottom line.

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