Does he have a savvier set of agents? It is because he’s a bigger box office draw?
Whatever the reason, the disparity is jarring.
Actors Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams were pressed into action over Thanksgiving, reshooting scenes for the Ridley Scott film “All the Money in the World” in the wake of the Kevin Spacey sexual assault scandal.
Christopher Plummer was brought in to replace Spacey in the film. In a feat of movie-making magic, “All the Money in the World” was released mere weeks later with every trace of Spacey removed. The film received three Golden Globe nominations: Plummer for best supporting actor in a drama, Scott for directing, and Williams for best actress in a drama.
But according to a report from USA Today, Williams allegedly earned a mere fraction of what Wahlberg did for the extra work.
Three sources told USA Today that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for his efforts.
How much did Williams get? According to those same sources, she got less than $1,000, based on an $80 per diem.
Scott previously said that Wahlberg, Williams, and the rest of the cast “all came in for free” during the reshoot. Scott also said he didn’t take a dime.
“Everyone did it for nothing,” Scott said. (He did note that the crew had been paid.)
And yet, the everyone-worked-for-free scenario also seemed to clash with a Washington Post report in November which claimed that Wahlberg, 46, would clear “at least $2 million” for the reshoot work on “All the Money.” The financial details were attributed to a person “familiar with the negotiations who was not authorized to speak publicly.”
Wahlberg, a Dorchester native, ranked as the world’s highest paid actor in 2017, according to Forbes, taking home $68 million for acting in films like “Daddy’s Home 2” and “Transformers: The Last Knight.” In recent years, he has also become a high-profile producer on movies such as “Patriots Day” and “Deepwater Horizon,” and TV shows “Ballers,” Boardwalk Empire,” and “Entourage.”
E-mails to Wahlberg’s manager, Sarah Lum of Leverage Management, were not returned Wednesday morning. A phone call to Williams’s manager also was not returned.
The reaction to the USA Today report on social media was angry, with several celebrities weighing in with outrage.
Please go see Michelle's performance in All The Money in The World. She's a brilliant Oscar nominated Golden Globe winning actress. She has been in the industry for 20 yrs. She deserves more than 1% of her male costar' s salary. https://t.co/HIniew6lf7— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) January 10, 2018
This is so messed up that it is almost hard to believe. Almost. This is how this business works. I wonder if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane. https://t.co/RsunBlOeCk— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 10, 2018
Michelle Williams was paid 1% of what her male co-star made on her latest film. This is totally unacceptable. https://t.co/xE5ZNqjcrA— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) January 10, 2018
Reports of the pay disparity come as Hollywood and many other industries have come under fire for sexual harassment claims and for persistent pay gaps in the compensation of men and women in similar jobs.
Spacey has been accused of assaulting a number of men, including the son of former Boston TV anchor Heather Unruh. As a result, Netflix dropped Spacey from the final season of “House of Cards,” which is scheduled to start production early this year.Sean Smyth can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.