Inexplicably hugely successful actor Mark Wahlberg made sure he was making bank before he returned to the set of Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World for reshoots. His co-star Michelle Williams made sure she had a ride home after shooting because equal wages for women is something captains of industry laugh about on the golf course. Someone on Mark’s team let him know the actions of him and his agents at William Morris revealed them all to be greedy putzes. This is why Team Good Vibrations (feel it, feel it!) hurriedly announced that he’s donating his $1.5 million reshoot salary to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle’s name. “Oh, um, that’s nice. I could have probably used it since I make .05 to your dollar as a rule, but it’s cool,” Michelle thought tiredly.
Deadline has Mark’s full statement.
“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All The Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation. I 100% 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.
His agents at WME are getting in on the act as well. They’re donating several hundred dollars in Wahlburgers gift certificates to the cause. No, they’re actually donating $500,000 to the cause. Their statement:
“The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a poition of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities, including the gender wage gap. In recognition of the pay discrepancy on 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.”
Mark’s contract didn’t include reshoots, so him and his agents were able to butt bang the film’s producers sans lube with a renegotiation when nonconsensual balls juggler Kevin Spacey was replaced with Christopher Plummer. And Mark’s agents made it so his approval on Plummer was necessary for him to return to reshoot. I’ll say it – Mark’s got himself some slick, competent-ass agents. Sure, they don’t have souls but this is Hollywood.
Michelle released a statement, as well, where she clapped for the actresses who had her back (like Jessica Chastain) and for Mark and WME.
“Today isn’t about me. 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. 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.”
There was obviously some gal in payroll who was cutting the checks, noticed the GIGANTIC INSULTING DISCREPANCY, had enough of this shit, and blew the whistle. Go on, Darlene from Payroll!