Uproar in Hollywood over Williams-Wahlberg pay gap


Hollywood was abuzz Wednesday with chatter about a report that said actress Michelle Williams received less than 1% of Mark Wahlberg's paycheck for reshoots of their film, "All the Money in the World". This is in conflict with what director Ridley Scott knew the understanding to be when he spoke to USA Today earlier. But the one move that made shockwaves was when Ridley Scott chose to reshoot all of Spacey's scenes in All the Money in the World and replace him with Christopher Plummer.

Wahlberg was named Hollywood's highest paid actor by Forbes past year, raking in an estimated $68 million in the publication's 12-month scoring period. Rather than let his film sink with Spacey's career, he recast and reshot 22 scenes in less than 10 days, with Christopher Plummer stepping into play Getty.

The reshoot, in many ways, paid off-All The Money In The World was released in theaters on December 25, and has so far grossed $20 million in two weeks.

She wasn't told. Maybe they didn't tell Ridley Scott, either?

Particularly so if you're a Hollywood actress getting paid less than one percent of her male co-star's wage, as is reportedly the case with All The Money In The World's Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg.

"We're looking into it", said a source at the actors union, who noted that the guild's contract only covers minimums that actors can be paid.

Director Ridley Scott previously told the Daily News that he made the decision to remove Spacey "immediately".

Williams has been nominated for an Academy Award four times and has five Golden Globe nominations, while Wahlberg has yet to receive a similar nod from either organization. He is known for "driving a tough bargain" according to The Washington Post.

On Sunday night, Hollywood banded together at the 75th Golden Globes to say Time's Up when it comes to harassment and inequality in the industry. It has as much to do with gender as the difference between how much Megyn Kelly gets paid and how much I get paid.

USA TODAY: "You didn't pay the actors more to do it?" Portman had just won an Oscar for her role in Black Swan, but was still paid three times less than her non-Oscar winning co-star. "And they could have my salary; they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted", she told USA Today.

Movie producer Judd Apatow called the claims "messed up". and added: 'I wonder if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane'.