Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams pay gap is jaw-dropping

By Alexandra Heilbron on January 11, 2018 | 22 Comments

Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in All the Money in the WorldMark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams both play starring roles in the movie All the Money in the World. But the difference in what they were paid for reshoots is jaw-dropping.

When Kevin Spacey was removed from All the Money in the World due to sexual misconduct allegations, his scenes had to be re-shot, with Christopher Plummer taking over his role of J. Paul Getty.

Director Ridley Scott told USA Today that reshooting those scenes cost a total of $10 million, but added, “Everyone did it for nothing.” And that’s true of Michelle Williams, who was paid less than $1,000 for redoing her scenes.

However, Mark Wahlberg, who played an investigator hired to help Williams’ character get back her kidnapped son, earned a hefty $1.5 million for the reshoots.

The Washington Post reported that Wahlberg’s team drives “a tough bargain,” but it’s interesting to note that Williams is repped by the same agency — William Morris Endeavour.

All the Money in the World is critically acclaimed, with numerous positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, but with the Times Up Initiative, which advocates for gender equality and victims of sexual harassment, specifically in Hollywood, there’s speculation now that further nominations may be few and far between. ~Alexandra Heilbron

Comments & Discussion

  1. Bob • January 11, 2018 @ 11:16 AM

    Williams should fire her agency and sue them. They needed this done to release the film and the agency leveraged it only for one of their clients to get paid. You can’t fault Wahlberg for getting paid what his team negotiated, but given they are BOTH represented by the same agency, that is pathetic.

  2. CDubya • January 11, 2018 @ 11:41 AM

    Agreed with Bob. The sexual harrassment in Hollywood is forefront lately, but people like Jessica Chastain is spearheading the gender equity pay and This is a prime example. I get that Mark is a bigger movie star, but $1000 compared to $1.5 million is a HUUUUGE % difference.

  3. Sharon Shenker • January 11, 2018 @ 12:01 PM

    So many outrageous stories keep coming forward, as with “Me too!” IT’S TIME FOR MODERNIZATION and accountability!!

  4. Harriet • January 11, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

    This is so humiliating for women who seem to continue to be treated as lower class citizens. This all needs an overhaul and all women need support one another.

  5. Marg • January 11, 2018 @ 12:10 PM

    In a news clip on GlobalTV yesterday Ms Williams said “I would have done it for nothing”. If that was her decision it is a non-issue. Mark W. evidently directed his agent otherwise. Not a very good example as their salaries are negotiated, and they each choose to accept or reject the negotiated amount.

  6. cher • January 11, 2018 @ 1:06 PM

    Do companies not have a conscience ? Or do they play with their employees ?
    Really ? one should look at the corporate responsiblity as well how can an employer in good faith handle the same situation so differently. They should have offered Michelle more money and shame on her agents as well. I have seen this way too many times when the employer will say “Oh well, they didn’t ask” Shame shame on them.

  7. Samantha • January 11, 2018 @ 1:27 PM

    Obviously Michelle is a sweet person and a conscientious actor who wants to do whatever is right for the project. That does not give the studio or the director the right to take advantage of her by paying her minimum wage while her male co-star (who had a smaller role) makes $1.49 million more.

  8. marc • January 11, 2018 @ 2:17 PM

    There may be more too it. Schedules, how many scenes. How big of an actor/actress. Let’s get some more facts

  9. Lia • January 11, 2018 @ 2:34 PM

    I was planning to see this but ran across this while looking up show times. Timesup — not in a million years will I see this movie now, even on streaming.

  10. Gerard • January 11, 2018 @ 3:05 PM

    Here’s the answer to how big an actor/actress, Marc: Michelle has been nominated four times for an Oscar, five times for a Golden Globe and has won a Golden Globe. Wahlberg has two nominations for each, no wins. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in THIS movie. She has the bigger role, requiring more emotion (she’s the mother of a kidnapped boy, he’s the detective). The domestic gross for her last five releases was $505.3m. Wahlberg’s last five releases took in $476.9m. He was also recently named the most overpaid actor of 2017 by Forbes. This is a lesson that should be learned by every actress – don’t say yes to anything until you ask how much your male counterparts are making. Hopefully this is the beginning of major changes in Hollywood not just regarding abuse, but in pay inequality. Women have worked for less because they’ve been afraid to ask for more. Michelle can and should ask for more from now on.

  11. TeeDee • January 12, 2018 @ 9:28 AM

    This is absolutely unacceptable and cannot be tolerated any longer. Both women and men need to say, “enough” and mean it. #Timesup #MeToo

  12. Tharsos • January 12, 2018 @ 11:35 AM

    While this is absolutely unfair, the ones falls on their management teams to negotiate at higher rates. in this case, Walburg and Williams both have the same agency working for them and it them that should be blamed. However… I have a hard time feeling sorry for people who make more for 6 weeks of work, than what 99% of the population make in their entire lifetime. (And multiply the amount they make per film, by however many films they make in a year). Not feeling sorry for anyone in cases like this. They aren’t living in a box trying to chose between Rent and food.

  13. Lee Mac • January 12, 2018 @ 2:41 PM

    Time you females were Thrown back in the Kitchen,
    Don’t forget who gave you the Vote….we can take it away
    as well….think that’s not Possible ?
    just keep pushing !

  14. Debbie • January 13, 2018 @ 3:52 PM

    Good points, Gerard.I was disgusted with comments from Lee Mac.If women should be back in the kitchen, is he prepared to earn All of the money in relationships? And more abuse occurs, the less women have rights. There are men doing ‘female’ roles. What about them? This could take up too much time, so will stay on topic…My boyfriend and I were shocked to hear the amount difference from TV. Maybe because Michele said she would have done it for free, she thought $1000 would be acceptable. I suppose each actor represented is kept secret as to what each one makes, but is Very unequal. I guess take more responsibility for what you want…kind of crummy. And…since this is not that common possibly, to reshoot, there should be a discussion about the pay and try to be fair. I have fought for every pay hike and got it. I hate when employers ask me how much I expect in an interview. Just give a fair wage! And if Michele was worth more, she should get more. Then decide if she wants to give it to charity, etc. I guess Wahlberg thinks he is the better ‘man’.

  15. TWS • January 13, 2018 @ 3:53 PM

    So she should have been paid equal or more because she is a woman?
    maybe she should have been paid $2.5 million or maybe $3.5 million?
    and we can just call the extra 2 million a “Woman Tax” she is entitled
    to it because she is simply a woman?

    Has anyone ever considered that Walburg might have had more
    scenes that needed to be re shot then Williams did there for
    he had to do more work then her so he gets more money?
    what happened to “equal pay for equal work” ?
    if she is doing less work she is not going to get equal pay
    it says right in the article “The Washington Post reported that Wahlberg’s team drives “a tough bargain,” ” why isn’t her team doing the same?
    also wouldn’t she have to agree to this deal?
    if she says “yes” to what they offer her that is on her
    she can’t complain about it later on.

    I have to agree with Tharsos “I have a hard time feeling sorry for people who make more for 6 weeks of work, than what 99% of the population make in their entire lifetime. (And multiply the amount they make per film, by however many films they make in a year). Not feeling sorry for anyone in cases like this. They aren’t living in a box trying to chose between Rent and food.”

    take my case I have to go and get my car fixed Monday a
    car I need in order to get to work because I have a REAL JOB
    I don’t have a job were I can dress up and play pretend while
    someone films me then hands me a check for a million dollars
    I have REAL BILLS and I’m going to have a 1000 car repair one
    Monday. Where is article filled with rage for me?
    oh that’s right no one cares about me, I’m not a
    celebrity, I’m just one of the little people so I’m
    not important.

  16. Ann • January 13, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

    As Oprah said “their time is up”. Hopefully, we will see a big change on many different levels.

  17. Debbie • January 13, 2018 @ 4:04 PM

    Sorry. Need to say something else to Lee Mac. Without demasculating you…you did a good job of it yourself…things are still backward with equality, but things will not get go back that far, dumbo! And equality works for men and women. Try thinking with the brain in your head on your neck. Not the one in your pants, or whatever you wear down there! And women use all of their brains, where men use a part of it. Scientifically proven! And Lee Mac, if you wanted to get a rise out of people, you did. But I don’t feel stupid in letting you know something that you should already know! And…some women were Never in the kitchen, dumb ass!

  18. Debbie • January 13, 2018 @ 4:16 PM

    And…if I won a lottery big, I would give most away, and just keep enough to live on! Still no car!

  19. Debbie • January 13, 2018 @ 4:17 PM

    I guess my earlier comment did not go through. To tws.

  20. Debbie • January 13, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

    Tried, but didn’t submit. Said I already said that. I didn’t. Will redo. Summed up, tws…I can live on very little and walk and take a bus. Don’t want expense and pollution of a car. You could try to be an actor. Yes, all real jobs should be valued and paid more. Are not. And, I have thought about if Wahlbergs scenes were more, but someone pointed out here they were not. Anyway, have to go.

  21. Debbie • January 13, 2018 @ 4:39 PM

    Getting work done…one more comment…Lee Mac…you are giving men way more credit. Men did not give women the vote…they had to fight and die for rights. If they were decent, men, we would be better off. I find men in a ‘womens’ job are more accepted. Women going into a male dominated force is tougher, with abuse usually.

  22. Gagz • January 13, 2018 @ 8:37 PM

    Ironic that a movie about a hostage is held hostage by Marky.

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