Mark Wahlberg is donating in Michelle Williams’ name the $1.5 million he received for “All the Money in the World” reshoots to #TimesUp, the legal defense fund founded in response to the #MeToo movement.
“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.”
Wahlberg made headlines last week when USA Today first reported that he received $1.5 million to take part in reshoots, while Williams received only a per diem of $80 a day. Her contract required her to do reshoots, which turned out to be much more extensive than planned because director Ridley Scott re-cast disgraced actor Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer.
Wahlberg received more than 1000 times as much money as she did because reshoots were not in his contract, according to an individual with knowledge of the deal. Wahlberg’s agent, Ari Emanuel of WME, negotiated a new deal.
That said, WME also has pitched in, donating $500,000 in Michelle Williams’ name.
“The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a position of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities, including the gender wage gap,” WME said in a statement. “In recognition of the pay discrepancy on the ‘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.”