Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg announced that he will pledge a sum of $1.5 million which he earned for reshooting of the movie “All The Money in the World”. The move from the actor came after he was criticized for being overpaid in comparison to his co-star and actress Michelle Williams.
On Saturday, Wahlberg said, “I 100% support the fight for fair pay,” Wahlberg said via a statement on Twitter, “and I’m donating the $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.”
Along with the actor, the agency WME which represents both the film stars and director Ridley Scott also announced a charity of $500,000 to Time’s Up Legal fund.
For those living under a rock, the Time’s Up legal defense fund is a monetary support to aid the survivors of sexual abuse and violation. It was during the #MeToo campaign that around 300 women in the US entertainment industry spoke about their sexual abuse. In the wake of the magnitude of the campaign, the Time’s Up initiative was launched on January 1 this year with the support of celebrated Hollywood actors like Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon.
In the latter half of 2017, the makers of the movie “All the Money in the World” ran around helter-skelter to find a replacement for Kevin Spacey. Spacey who played an important role in the movie was alleged of sexual harassment. The movie was set to release within a month when the allegations came to light. Eventually, Christopher Plummer was signed up to fill in Spacey’s shoes.
On Wednesday, it was made known that Mark Wahlberg made a whopping $1.5 million for the reshoots. Williams, on the other hand, made a meager $80 per day.
While speaking about the reshoots to USA Today, Williams said, “I said I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort.”
As stated by The Wrap, the financial inconsistency was majorly because of the individual contracts of the actors. Michelle’s contract was inclusive of the clause of her reshooting and Walhberg’s did not. Hence the imbalance in the fees.
Williams issued a statement on Saturday where she acclaimed Wahlberg, WME and everyone who stood in support of the subject matter of equal pay of women.
Michelle Williams' reaction to Mark Wahlberg's donation: pic.twitter.com/iDIzLwangf— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) January 14, 2018
The actress said, “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.”
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