US actor Mark Wahlberg donates reshoot fee of US$1.5 million after pay discrepancy

Published: 14 January 2018 Image credit: Associated Press


American actor Mark Wahlberg has donated his reshoot fee of US$1.5 million dollars to Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund, after receiving major backlash for the pay discrepancy between him and co-star Michelle Williams during a reshoot of Ridley Scott’s new film - All the Money in the world.

The film, which is about the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III and his grandfather’s refusal to pay a $17 million ransom, was released in cinemas during December and had to be re-shot, after financial benefactor Imperative Entertainment decided to remove actor Kevin Spacey over sexual harassment allegations. 

During the re-shoot, actor Mark Wahlberg negotiated to receive a fee of US$1.5 million, while his co-star received less than US$1000 for 10 days of work. Both are represented by the same agency.

A number of actors have shared their surprise at the huge pay disparity between the two actors, including Jessica Chastain who tweeted “I heard for the reshoot she got $80 a day compared to his MILLIONS”. “Would anyone like to clarify? I really hope that with everything coming to light, she was paid fairly. She’s a brilliant actress and is wonderful in the film.”

The issue of equal pay between men and women comes at a time of increased awareness about sexual harassment, and discrimination in the workplace against women.

In a statement by the actor, he said the money he made from the reshoot had become an important topic of conversation, and that he “100%” supports the fight for fair pay in Hollywood.

"I’m donating the US$1.5M to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name,” he said.

On Saturday, a number of actors and actresses expressed their support for the decision by the actor, with Mark Ruffalo tweeting that he thought the donation was “classy.”

Talent agency William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, who represents both Mr Wahlberg and Ms Williams, also said it would donate US$500,000 to the fund in the name of the actress.

The Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund was established by the National Women's Law Center and provides legal support for under-privileged women who have experienced sexual harassment and assault.