In the wake of criticism over news that Mark Wahlberg made $1.5 million for extensive reshoots on All the Money in the World while his costar Michelle Williams received only a per diem of $80 a day, the 46-year-old actor has decided to donate $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which combats harassment and pay inequities in Hollywood.
“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 a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “I 100 percent 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 company is also making a $500,000 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,” WME said. “In recognition of the pay discrepancy on the 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.”
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Earlier this week, USA Today revealed the wage disparity for the reshoots on the Ridley Scott film, which were planned after its original star Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual harassment and assault by multiple men. Christopher Plummer was chosen to replace Spacey as billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in the movie, which tells the story surrounding his grandson’s kidnapping.
To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.
Though many pointed towards Wahlberg’s higher salary as an example of the gender pay gap issue, a source tells PEOPLE it was a function of his contract.
“When Mark Wahlberg signed on to All the Money in the World, he agreed to a significant salary cut from his usual quote,” an insider said, verifying news of Wahlberg’s reduced salary first reported by The New York Times.
“At the same time, he had in his contract a say in casting approval,” the source added of Wahlberg’s costar approval clause first reported by USA Today, noting that the actor refused to work with Plummer until he was paid over $1 million.
“Michelle Williams agreed to a salary for the movie and, as is standard, had a clause that allowed for a certain amount of reshoot time if she could make herself available, ” the source added. “Once the Spacey situation …read more