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AFTRA investigating Michelle Williams pay disparity claims

AFTRA investigating Michelle Williams pay disparity claims

Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for reshooting his scenes on real-life kidnap drama All The Money In The World, while co-star Michelle Williams received only $80 per day for expenses.

Michelle Williams, who stars in the film as Getty's mother, told US today that she bent over backwards to make sure Scott completed the re-shoot.

USA Today then uncovered that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for his role in the reshoot, which had a budget of $10 million.

This would contradict director Ridley Scott's remarks to USA Today in December that "everyone did it for nothing".

"They could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted", she said of what she was willing to do for the reshoots. "I wonder if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane".

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

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In previous interviews, Williams indicated she was willing to earn just the per diem or waive her salary to save the film. Portman, for example, said she was paid three times less than her male co-star Ashton Kutcher for the 2011 movie "No Strings Attached".

The report about the glaring pay disparity has gone viral on social media and invited criticism by many celebrities, such as Jessica Chastain, Mia Farrow and Judd Apatow. Neither Wahlberg's camp nor his agency, William Morris Endeavor - which also represents Williams - provided comment on the new reporting. Part of the Time's Up Initiatives mission advocates for gender parity. "It's a demand for fair practices".

The disparity between the pay the two actors took away meant that Williams paid less than one-tenth of 1 percent of Wahlberg.

Actor Mark Wahlberg has made millions of dollars off the back of the Kevin Spacey sexual abuse scandal that has rocked Hollywood in recent months.

It's just one more case study of Hollywood's persistent gender pay gap.

Wahlberg was named the highest-paid actor of 2017 by Forbes in August, with his pre-tax and pre-fee earnings coming in at $68 million. In November, it was announced that Christopher Plummer would replace Kevin Spacey in the film, which required Plummer and the cast and crew to quickly reassemble in London for reshoots, a risky move that ultimately saved a movie that nearly immediately after earned Golden Globe nominations for director Ridley Scott, and actors Christopher Plummer and Michelle Williams.