Mark Wahlberg donates $1.5 million to #TimesUp movement in Michelle Williams' name
There have been so many problems in the production of the film All The Money In The World that it's surprising it got made at all. Only a couple of months before its release, the filmmakers learnt that the star of the movie, Kevin Spacey, had been accused of a variety of instances of sexual misconduct. Given these allegations, and the controversial way in which the actor responded to them, many believed the movie was going to be a flop.
That's when director Ridley Scott surprised everyone by choosing have extensive reshoots instead, wherein he would completely replace Spacey with actor Christopher Plummer. Somehow, they pulled it off, with many applauding the drastic but successful decision to edit the movie last minute.
It was then revealed that within these reshoots, there was a huge disparity between the wages of co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams. While Wahlberg had been paid a reported $1.5 million for the reshoots alone, his co-star, whose work on the film has been highly praised, was paid less than $1,000 - less than 1% of the fortune Wahlberg took home.
The director himself revealed that the only way the reshoots were completed in the first place was because of Williams and others working practically "for nothing". Learning that Wahlberg had negotiated for a massive payout for his time gained criticism across Hollywood, especially given the fact that this is a movie about greed, and comes in a time when the #TimesUp movement is in full force.
The #TimesUp campaign, if you didn't know, is a movement to spread awareness of sexual assault and harassment across the world, with the intention of addressing inequality in the workplace and raising legal funds for those who are too vulnerable to speak up.
Stars in the industry such as Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Chastain, Mia Farrow and Judd Apatow spoke up about the huge disparity in wages on the set of the reshoots:
However, it seems that Wahlberg has taken some of this criticism to heart, and seen the irony in profiting off the Spacey scandal, in a movie called All The Money In The World. In a recent statement the actor announced that he pledges to donate all of the $1.5 million to #TimesUp in light of these reports. Wahlberg said:
“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 $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name."
In addition to this, the talent agency that represents Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, as well as the director of the film, Ridley Scott, also released a statement about their intentions to donate to the cause. WME 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."
"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 seems that this movie keeps running into trouble, only to find a unique way to climb out of it intact. With this added awareness and funding to the movement, much good can be done in the film industry and beyond.