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UPDATE: Following news that Mark Wahlberg had donated, L.A. Times writer Amy Kaufman shared a tweet on Saturday afternoon that said, “Michelle Williams‘ reaction to Mark Wahlberg’s donation” along with the following statement: “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. If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice. 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.”
Mark Wahlberg and his talent agency are making amends after it was reported he was paid a staggeringly larger paycheck for movie reshoots than co-star Michelle Williams.
A few months ago, Christopher Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World after the latter star was dropped from the film amid sexual harassment allegations, which prompted reshoots for many members of the cast. Earlier this week, reports said Wahlberg had negotiated to be paid an additional $1.5 million beyond his original salary to reshoot scenes, while his costar Michelle Williams was given up to $1,000 because her contract included reshoots and his did not.
Neither star commented on the reports, but they drew increased outrage over the topic of unequal pay for women and men. The reports were posed just after Sunday’s 2018 Golden Globes, where most people wore black as well as pins for the Time’s Up fundraising campaign to provide legal help to sexual harassment victims. On Saturday, Wahlberg announced he would be donating his $1.5 million to the Time’s Up campaign in Williams’ name.
“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All the Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation,” he said in a statement obtained by E! News. “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.”
“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,” an agency statement to the Hollywood Reporter said. “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.”