Mark Wahlberg Got Paid Way More Than His Co-Star Michelle Williams

Date January 11, 2018

For decades there have been major pay disparities between men and women. The situation is not limited to the United States although, in recent years, much attention has been drawn to it in the country.

A plenitude of factors has been identified as being responsible for this. From age to location, educational qualification and even just the sheer difference in biology. Depending on what industry an individual is engaged in, certain present conditions also determine how much the disparity is.

As at 2016, women in the United States were still getting paid about 80% of what their male counterparts were getting. And this is remuneration for the same tasks with equal qualifications. From Wall Street to Hollywood, men still get paid more money than women.

Mark Wahlberg got overpaid.

Ridley Scott was forced to reshoot all scenes featuring Kevin Spacey in the All the Money in the World last Thanksgiving. This was following allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against Spacey. Mark, Williams and the rest of the crew were hastily assembled during the week after Thanksgiving to sort out the reshoot.

It turns out that Mark was paid $1.5 million while co-star Michelle Williams was paid a per diem of $80, totaling less than $1,000. Still, the pay disparity is outrageous and most of Hollywood and America is wondering, how did this happen?

© All the Money in the World (2017) / Imperative Entertainment

Director Ridley Scot revealed to USA Today in December that the reshoot cost a whopping $10 million, most of which went to paying the crew and sorting out locations. However, when asked about payment for the rest of the crew, Scott was emphatic in his response; “No, they all came in free”.

© All the Money in the World (2017) / Imperative Entertainment

It is even more alarming that both Mark and Michelle are represented by the same company, William Morris Endeavor agency. Furthermore, artists pay a fee of 10% on the average to their representatives.

So, if the company was open to negotiating that much for Mark, how come Michelle got peanuts?

In conclusion, the roughly $1,000 Michelle made equals less than an outrageous 1% of what Mark made for the reshoot. That smells like unequal pay all over.

What the fans had to say.

Consequently, fans of both actors took to social media to speak their mind on the issue.

All about perspectives

Some fans added some perspective to the achievements of both actors.

This tweet just about summed up Michelle's achievements.

It has been going on for a while.

Michelle is not the first to be singled out as a victim of pay disparity in Hollywood. The hack of Sony Pictures in 2014 revealed Jennifer Lawrence was paid less than co-stars Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Jeremy Renner for American Hustle.

Shockingly, an email showed that Cooper, Bale, and Renner each received 9% of profits from the movie while Lawrence received 7%.

© American Hustle (2013) / Columbia Pictures

Ashton Kutcher was paid three times more than co-star Natalie Portman for the 2011 romantic comedy No Strings Attached. Both actors had equal screen time.

The problem is clearly real and the examples continue to make the news. A simple solution to this situation seems far-fetched. But with every year, more attention is brought to this problem.

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