Mark Wahlberg has responded to the news that he was paid over $1 million more than his All The Money In The World co-star Michelle Williams, branding it “very awkward.”
The pay gap caused public outrage, with leading Hollywood stars speaking out in support of Williams. Afterwards, Wahlberg made the decision to donate his reshoot fee to the Time’s Up movement.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the star said he wasn’t aware of the situation until the headlines broke.
Wahlberg said: “It didn’t take much to make the decision [to donate the money],
“It was just the right thing to do, you know? And Michelle is a fantastic actress.
“It’s not me who decides who gets paid what. Your value’s based on what the marketplace dictates, and with that particular situation, it was very awkward.
“It was like, you know what, we’ll donate that and they need the rest of the money that I got paid to do it too, because I – like everybody else – did the movie to make the movie with Ridley Scott.
“I took a substantial pay cut.”
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) January 13, 2018
Wahlberg starred in the film alongside Williams and Kevin Spacey, but scenes had to be hastily reshot following Spacey’s removal after a string of sexual harassment accusations were made against him.
Spacey issued a statement following the claims, saying that he was “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment”.
The House of Cards actor was replaced at the last minute by Christopher Plummer in Ridley Scott’s John Paul Getty biopic. The rest of the cast reunited to reshoot the scenes with Plummer just weeks before the film was released late last year.
However in January it was reported that Michelle Williams was paid less than $1,000 (£730) for the reshoot, while co-star Mark Wahlberg made $1.5 million (£1.1 million).
Following the news, Wahlberg chose to donate his reshoot fee to the Time’s Up movement.
Responding to Wahlberg’s decision, Michelle Williams released a statement.
She said: “Today isn’t about me. 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.”
Michelle Williams' reaction to Mark Wahlberg's donation: pic.twitter.com/iDIzLwangf
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) January 14, 2018
All The Money In The World is in cinemas now.