Mark Wahlberg Makes Bold Move Following All the Money in the World Wage Scandal
Mark Wahlberg released a statement on Saturday in which he vowed to donate his entire All the Money in the World reshoot fee to the Time's Up effort after it was uncovered that Wahlberg made 1,500 times more than his costar, Michelle Williams.
"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 the statement. "I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name."
Wahlberg's agency, William Morris Endeavor, also responded to the backlash and added another $500,000 to the donation.
"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 agency said. "In recognition of the pay discrepancy on 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."
The Time's Up Legal Defense Fund was organized by leading women in Hollywood who aim to provide legal support to women who have experienced sexual harassment, sexual assault or abuse in the workplace.
The All the Money in the World scandal started when USA Today reported that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for reshoots on the film after Christopher Plummer was cast to replace Kevin Spacey. Williams was paid a meager $1,000 for her part.
Director Ridley Scott previously said of the reshoots, "Everyone did it for nothing. They all came in for free."
Williams has already responded to news of the donation being made in her name: "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."