Yesterday, information was released that critically acclaimed, multiple Golden Globe and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams received less than one percent of what her costar Mark Wahlberg did for the reshoots required for their new film All The Money In The World, which is coincidently about how money corrupts powerful men.
Williams and Wahlberg are represented by the same talent agency, William Morris Endeavor, a detail that Bush was quick to point on in her tweet.
However, the crucial aspect of payment for the reshoots, which cost a reported $10 million in all, appear to be written into the actors' contracts, which go some way to explaining the pay disparity.
Whatever happened, it turns out that Scott was in the dark about Wahlberg's lucrative deal, and that's why he gave interviews, including to USA Today in December, saying that "everyone did it for nothing". "Everyone did it for nothing", he said, adding, "I refused to get paid". As per reports, for the 9-day shoot, the actor was paid Rs 9.5 crore ($1.5 million).
The revelations first reported in USA Today about the massive compensation gap between Williams and Wahlberg have set off another firestorm in the industry over gender inequality, especially after Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards.
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After Wahlberg's representatives told the film's financiers that he "never" works for free, they made it clear he wouldn't do any of the reshoots unless he got what he was asking for. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. "I had to break the news to my family and tell them I wasn't going be home (for Thanksgiving) and make alternate arrangements for them", she told Vulture.
Because Williams had already committed to return, Wahlberg had leverage: He was the only major missing piece and the clock was ticking.
Christopher Plummer in a scene from "All the Money in the World". 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.
UPDATE (1/11, 11:45 p.m. EST): Following the report from USA Today, the film actors labour union SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) is now investigating whether the film broke any of the union's contract rules, Deadline reports.
Publicists for Williams, Wahlberg and Scott either declined to comment or did not respond to queries.