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Mark Wahlberg's Agent on Pay Disparity: He Doesn't Work for Free

Mark Wahlberg's Agent on Pay Disparity: He Doesn't Work for Free

Williams took home a paltry $1000 for giving up her time and Thanksgiving to reshoot, meanwhile Wahlberg pocketed $1.5 million for doing exactly the same.

The pay gap, which was first reported by the Washington Post back in November, has got people all riled up, including producer Judd Apatow who said it was "so messed up that it is nearly hard to believe".

Hollywood was abuzz Wednesday with chatter about a report that said actress Michelle Williams received less than 1% of Mark Wahlberg's paycheck for reshoots of their film, "All the Money in the World". After Spacey faced a cascade of sexual assault allegations, director Ridley Scott recut the film with actor Christopher Plummer less than two months before its scheduled release. When it was quickly decided that Imperative Entertainment was going to finance reshoots (Sony did not finance) after Plummer replaced Spacey, Wahlberg was already working on his next project Mile 22.

But the movie, about the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III and his grandfather's refusal to pay a $17 million ransom, now finds itself embroiled in a new scandal.

The pay gap issue has proved its severity in the Forbes' World's Highest-Paid Actors list where the top 10 actors raked in nearly $500 million previous year while the top 10 women managed only about a third. And it involves the reshoots made necessary by the attempt to release the movie with a clear conscience.




Scott previously told USA Today that he "refused to get paid" for the reshoots, adding that the actors "did it for nothing". He told The Guardian the same thing on Sunday. Speaking with USA Today, the director had said, "The whole reshoot was - in normal terms was expensive but not as expensive as you think. Because all of them, everyone did it for nothing", Scott told USA Today.

"So when I got the phone call about the change of plans I was thrilled".

"They all came in free", Scott said. Ironically, both Michelle and Mark are represented by officials from the same talent agency, William Morris Endeavor. She tweeted after the Golden Globes, where Williams had been nominated for an award. The very same one that helped Wahlberg earn the top spot of Forbes' World's highest-paid actors of 2017 list at $68 million and Emma Stone land at the top of the highest-paid actress list with less than half of that at $26 million.

This meant that Wahlberg was entirely within his rights to re-negotiate his contract, and as it happens, his agent Ari Emanuel is known for striking hard bargains.

"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.


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