Jessica Chastain voices support for Michelle Williams over alleged pay gap

Angelo Anderson
January 11, 2018

Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams both play starring roles in the movie All the Money in the World.

Williams and Wahlberg redid scenes which had included former co-star Kevin Spacey, who was removed from the film by director Sir Ridley Scott after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct were made against the Academy Award-winning actor. While his co-actor Williams, who volunteered her time giving up a planned cozy Thanksgiving at home, was paid less than $1,000.

Citing an unnamed source, who was apparently familiar with the pay negotiations, the Washington Post revealed in November that Wahlberg was paid $2million for the shoot.

But Williams, according to USA Today, earned a daily allowance of $80 for her work -- amounting to under $1,000 in total and less than 0.07 percent of the $1.5 million that Wahlberg earned.

What's alarming and preposterous about this revelation is that Williams is a markedly more gifted and critically recognized film presence than Wahlberg, who hasn't even given a noteworthy acting performance in his career.

However, co-star Mark Wahlberg negotiated a $1.5 million payout for the reshoot. When Christopher Plummer is in a scene, in the role he took over from Kevin Spacey, that scene must be a reshoot, right? Williams intrinsically wanted the project to work and waived her fee. This involved swiftly recasting Christopher Plummer in the part and reshooting about 90% of the film in a very short period of time to still meet the desired release date. Reshoots are complicated in production, based on matters like contract days and talent's willingness to participate. Nonetheless in these #MeToo times, this an embarrassing situation for Imperative Entertainment to be in, as well as WME as there's been a great call for gender equality in Hollywood. Scott said he wasn't paid for the extra work, and neither were any of the other actors. "Everyone did it for nothing", he said, adding, "I refused to get paid". "I'm not blaming Michelle Williams at all, but this is why women should never feel guilty about being demanding". But this is a unusual season in Hollywood, so perhaps it's fitting that the production details for "All The Money in the World" - Ridley Scott's film about J. Paul Getty's reluctance to ransom his grandson after the young man was kidnapped in 1973 - have ended up posing two important questions: What's the right choice to make when two feminist principles seem to be in conflict?

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