Michelle Williams has publicly responded to the news that Mark Wahlberg has, in her name, donated his $1.5 million pay cheque to the Time’s Up initiative.
We recently reported that Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for reshooting his scenes in All the Money in the World, while Michelle Williams was paid an $80 per diem (which totals at less than $1,000).
That works out to Williams being paid less than 1% of her male co-star’s salary.
Ever since the gross discrepancy was made public, the women of Hollywood have been furiously taking to Twitter in their droves – with the likes of Mia Farrow, Jessica Chastain and Sophia Bush branding it evidence of the entertainment industry’s “outrageously unfair” gender pay gap.
And now, in an unprecedented move, Wahlberg has announced his decision to donate all of the money he made for reshoots of the film All the Money in the World to Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund in Williams’ name.
All The Money In The World famously had to bring back Williams, Wahlberg and more stars when the production abruptly cut ties with Kevin Spacey and the role was recast with Christopher Plummer.
Reshoots with Plummer began in late November 2017 in order to meet the film’s planned release date in December, and while director Ridley Scott claimed that Williams and Wahlberg flew to Europe and worked for free on the secondary shoot, it was later revealed that this was not the case.
While Williams has never publicly confirmed her fee, she has since spoken out about Wahlberg’s donation.
“Today isn’t about me,” she said in a statement to ELLE.com.
“My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted. If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice”.
Williams finished by saying: “Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment. Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours.”
You can read all about Times Up and learn how to get involved here.
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