Mark Wahlberg has announced that he will donate $1.5 million (around £1 million) – his controversial reshoot fee for All the Money in the World – to the Time’s Up movement.
The movie underwent an unusual and unprecedented set of reshoots when, after it had been completely shot and edited, Kevin Spacey was cut from the film after several allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct were made against him
Spacey was replaced as J Paul Getty by Christopher Plummer, and while the crew were paid, it was initially reported that the primary cast and director Ridley Scott had worked for free.
It later emerged that while Scott and Michelle Williams worked for free, with Williams only receiving daily expenses (“per diems”) totalling less than $1,000, Wahlberg had in fact negotiated a $1.5 million fee.
Various claims have been made as to the negotiation surrounding this fee, while it was noted that both Wahlberg and Williams are represented by the same agency, William Morris Endeavour (WME), as is director Scott.
Following a widespread backlash, with some criticising a supposed “gender pay gap”, and others claiming that Wahlberg had exploited an unpleasant situation for financial gain, Wahlberg has now announced that he will be donating his fee to the Time’s Up movement.
“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All The Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation,” Wahlberg said.
“I 100% 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.”
What’s more, WME will donate an additional $500,000 to the Time’s Up Legal Defence Fund, Deadline reports.
“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,” said the agency.
“In recognition of the pay discrepancy on 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.”
Responding to Wahlberg’s actions, Michelle Williams issued a statement calling the day “one of the most indelible” of her life.
“Today isn’t about me,” the statement read. “My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted.
“If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice. Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment.
“Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours.”
Set up in response to the wave of allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct and discrimination sweeping Hollywood in recent months, the Time’s Up movement has launched a legal defence fund for lower-income women seeking justice for workplace sexual harassment and assault.
As well as orchestrating the all-black red carpet for the 2018 Golden Globes, Time’s Up is also advocating for a change in the law to punish companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and pushing for equal gender representation in studio and talent agencies.
All the Money in the World is out in cinemas now.
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