AFTRA investigating Michelle Williams pay disparity claims

Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in All the Money in the World Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million to reshoot scenes after Kevin Spacey was dropped while Williams was paid less than $1,000

AFTRA investigating Michelle Williams pay disparity claims

This week it was revealed that Michelle Williams made an incredulous small percentage of her co-star Mark Wahlberg's pay for reshoots of All the Money in the World, following Christopher Plummer's recasting in the wake of Kevin Spacey's sexual assault allegations (and subsequent non-apology apology).

But Williams, according to USA Today, earned a daily allowance of US$80 (S$106) for her work - amounting to under US$1,000 in total and less than 0.07 per cent of the US$1.5 million that Wahlberg earned. "It's just been such a unusual saga of highs and lows and ups and downs", continued the actress, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for the film. Williams, a multiple Oscar nominee, told the publication that she did indeed agree to that. The pay gap has been the subject of particularly intense attention in Hollywood since 2014, when a major hack of emails from Sony made clear that Jennifer Lawrence had been paid less than her male co-stars in "American Hustle".

Christopher Plummer in a still from the movie All the Money in the World.

Michelle Williams in a still from the movie All the Money in the World.

The director Judd Apatow wrote, "This is so messed up that it is nearly hard to believe".

Williams and Wahlberg are represented by the same talent agency, William Morris Endeavor, a detail that Bush was quick to point on in her tweet.

It is alleged director Ridley Scott said both actors worked on the 10 day reshoot for "nothing", but USA Today has reported Mr Wahlberg's agency later renegotiated the final fee.

According to Variety, a spokesperson for SAG-AFTRA, which is the union representing both the actors, said that the organisation is looking at the circumstances of the pay disparity.

"I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me", she told USA Today at the time. "Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort". 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".

Representatives for Wahlberg, Williams, WME, Sony, Imperative Entertainment, and Scott did not respond to USA Today's requests for comment.

But Wahlberg allegedly stalled the vote without his additional salary, despite the fact that the moie was racing against a deadline to submit the movie to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for Golden Globes consideration.

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