Mark Wahlberg has donated $1.5 million — his salary for the reshoots on All the Money in the World — to the Time’s Up legal defense fund, the new organization created to battle ongoing issues such as sexual misconduct and pay inequality in the workplace.
Wahlberg made the gesture after it was revealed that he had been paid the hefty fee for his additional time on the project while co-star Michelle Williams had earned less than $1,000, or approximately $80 for each day she worked.
Director Ridley Scott also claimed that he worked for free on the reshoots, which were done over a nine-day period in late November to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer after sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey came out.
Wahlberg said in a statement, ““Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All the Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation. 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’s agency, William Morris Endeavor — which also represents Williams — donated $500,000 as well, with the company issuing a statement that said, “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.”
The statement continued, “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.”
Whether it was done with sincere intentions to right a wrong or to get out in front of a wave of bad publicity, Wahlberg clearly made the right move here. He and WME had been getting blasted in the media and on social networks, with the pay gap between him and Williams cited as an example of the gender inequality issue that has been ongoing in Hollywood.
Williams issued her own comments after Wahlberg’s donation was announced, saying, “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.”
She added, “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.”
Rapp is the actor who first brought out allegations against Spacey, opening the door for several other men to step forward with their own stories and start the chain of events that led to his ouster from the film.