Following an outcry over a significant disparity in pay between co-stars, Mark Wahlberg has agreed to donate the US$1.5mil (RM6mil) he earned for reshoots for All the Money in the World to the sexual misconduct defence initiative Time’s Up.
Wahlberg said he would donate the money in the name of his co-star, Michelle Williams, who reportedly made less than US$1,000 (RM3,977) on the reshoots.
“I 100 per cent support the fight for fair pay,” Wahlberg said in a statement.
The announcement Saturday came after directors and stars, including Jessica Chastain and Judd Apatow, shared their shock at reports of the huge pay disparity for the Ridley Scott film.
The 10 days of reshoots were necessary after Kevin Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer when accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced against Spacey.
USA Today reported Williams was paid less than US$1,000 for the 10 days.
Both Williams and Plummer were nominated for Golden Globes for their performances.
Talent agency William Morris Endeavor, which represents both Williams and Wahlberg, said it would donate an additional US$500,000 (RM2mil) to Time’s Up.
The agency said in a statement that wage disparity conversations should continue and “we are committed to being part of the solution”.
Michelle Williams told the USA Today in December that she eagerly gave up her Thanksgiving holiday to do a re-shoot because she was so grateful the film was going to continue.
“I said I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort,” Williams recalled.
Williams had no immediate comment Saturday, according to publicist Mara Buxbaum. - AP