The matter was highlighted after Melissa Silverste (Founder of Women and Hollywood) said, "On the day after display of female power at the #goldenglobes, I learned that there was an egregious pay gap between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg for the All the Money in the World reshoot".
Again as is typical, the main woman involved - Williams - realized what she needed to do to help salvage the project.
Williams and Wahlberg are both represented by William Morris/Endeavor.
Because of the circumstances, Williams quickly agreed to return.
The pay gap issue has proved its severity in the Forbes' World's Highest-Paid Actors list where the top 10 actors raked in nearly $500 million previous year while the top 10 women managed only about a third. "Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort", she'd said. "She has been in the industry for 20 yrs". Williams can, and has, unequivocally outacted Wahlberg in the majority of her roles versus his, if not in all of them.
Scott managed to assemble his cast and crew on short notice during the Christmas period, successfully reshooting and re-editing the film in time to meet its original release date. 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 he was able to keep costs down for the re-shoot because "everyone did it for nothing".More news: E. coli outbreak linked to romaine appears to be over
Williams had spoken to USA Today about the reshoots previously.
Neither Wahlberg nor Williams nor co-star Timothy Hutton had reshoot clauses built into their contracts. The ceremony was fashioned into a showcase for Time's Up, a new initiative started to gender inequality and sexual harassment in Hollywood and other industries. "Everyone did it for nothing", he said, adding, "I refused to get paid".
"I thought I would have to raise my daughter to learn how to protect herself in a risky world and I think because of the work Tarana has done and the work I am learning how to do, we actually have the opportunity to hand our children a different world", Williams told Ryan Seacrest during a red carpet interview.
It's just one more case study of Hollywood's persistent gender pay gap.
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.
Representatives for Wahlberg, Williams, WME, Sony, Imperative Entertainment, and Scott did not respond to USA Today's requests for comment.