Actor Mark Wahlberg has announced that he will donate the $1.5 million he made to re-shoot scenes from "All the Money in the World" to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund, according to CNN.
Wahlberg announced the donation after a week of criticism over a difference in pay between himself and female costar Michelle Williams. Williams only made $1,000 for the re-shoots.
"Over the last few days my reshoot fee for 'All the Money in the World' has become an important topic of conversation," Wahlberg said in a statement. "I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I'm donating the $1.5M to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams' name."
Talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME), which represents Wahlberg, announced that it in addition to their client's donation, they would themselves would put up $500,000 for the fund.
"If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice," a statement by WME read in part. "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."
Actor Mark Wahlberg earned far more than actress Michelle Williams for reshooting their respective parts in a recent movie, according to USA Today.
USA Today on Tuesday reported that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for redoing his scenes in “All The Money in the World” at the last minute before its release late last month.
Williams was paid an $80 per diem fee for revisiting her role, totaling less than $1,000, or less that 1 percent of Wahlberg’s payout.
Three people familiar with the situation explained the difference in Wahlberg and Williams’ pay to USA Today.
“All The Money in the World” was hastily reshot during the week of Thanksgiving last November after several men accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct.
Director Ridley Scott then assembled the cast and redid Spacey’s scenes with actor Christopher Plummer filling in for the earlier performer’s role.
Wahlberg’s team negotiated a hefty fee for his reshoots, while Williams was not told about the disparity.
The William Morris Endeavor Agency represents both Wahlberg and Williams, and the overall reshoot cost $10 million before the December release of “All The Money in the World.”
Actors and actresses typically pay an average of 10 percent of their salaries to the team of agents, managers and lawyers representing them.
“All the Money in the World” has underperformed at the box office, netting $20.2 million since its release two weeks ago.
The film recounts the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III and attempts get J. Paul Getty, his billionaire grandfather, to pay the ransom for his release.
Williams portrays Gail Harris in the film, who is John Paul Getty III’s mother, while Wahlberg plays Fletcher Chase, a former CIA operative who advises Harris and J. Paul Getty.
Spacey initially played J. Paul Getty in the movie before the sexual misconduct allegations against him prompted Scott to erase his performance.