Mark Wahlberg's Agent on Pay Disparity: He Doesn't Work for Free

Mark Wahlberg's Agent on Pay Disparity: He Doesn't Work for Free

Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World made headlines late past year when the director was forced to reshoot the film following sexual misconduct allegations made against former star Kevin Spacey.

USA Today reported Tuesday that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million to re-shoot scenes with Plummer, and that Williams was only paid her per diem - less than $1,000. Williams intrinsically wanted the project to work and waived her fee. Adding to the anger, Scott had previously said that the actors did the reshoots "for nothing" - meaning union minimums - and Williams and Wahlberg are both represented by the William Morris Endeavor agency. "Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort". While his co-actor Williams, who volunteered her time giving up a planned cozy Thanksgiving at home, was paid less than $1,000. And it involves the reshoots made necessary by the attempt to release the movie with a clear conscience. Wahlberg was already not thrilled to have worked for roughly 80 percent less than his standard fee, the Times said, especially since overseas distributors were using his box office track record to promote the film.

In December, Scott told USA Today that the undertaking was aided by the fact that "everyone did it for nothing". Williams, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in "All the Money in the World", walked the red carpet with Tarana Burke, senior director of the nonprofit Girls for Gender Equity and the founder of the #MeToo movement.

Regardless, experts say, a huge pay gap between a male and female star is exactly what Hollywood doesn't need right now as it struggles in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein and other prominent men in the industry.

All the Money in the World is based on the real-life kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and his mother Gail (Williams) attempt to convince his billionaire grandfather (Plummer) to pay the ransom.

Imperative Entertainment, the company that produced it, ultimately agreed to US$1.5 million.

The Washington Post reported in November the pay disparity for the reshoot and noted that "Wahlberg, along with manager Stephen Levinson and agency WME, have a reputation in Hollywood for driving a tough bargain".

UPDATE (1/11, 11:45 p.m. EST): Following the report from USA Today, the film actors labour union SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guildā€American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) is now investigating whether the film broke any of the union's contract rules, Deadline reports.

CNNMoney has reached out to for Wahlberg and Williams' representatives for comment.



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