Stars are sharing their shock at reports of a significant pay disparity between Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams for reshoots on the Ridley Scott film All the Money in the World.
Two reports say Wahlberg was paid far more than Williams for the reshoots in which Kevin Spacey replaced Christopher Plummer after accusations of sexual misconduct surfaced against Spacey.
USA Today reported this week that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for the 10 days of reshoots, while Williams got less than $1,000 for the same work.
Representatives for Wahlberg and Williams did not respond to requests for comment on Friday. Imperative Entertainment, which produced the film, declined to comment.
But actor Liam Neeson said it’s a healthy and necessary discussion to have, because the disparity, sometimes, is disgraceful. He said he wouldn’t take a pay cut to make things equal, but there has to be parity.
Actress Diane Kruger said she was surprised by the size of the wage gap between Wahlberg and Williams, but that she also isn’t paid the same as the men she works with.
“I have never been paid the same as my male co-star, ever. But often it’s not them. It’s the studios or whoever makes the deal, and it’s terrible because it makes you feel undervalued or easily exchangeable,” Kruger said.
Veteran actress Rita Moreno also said she was shocked by the news, but she doesn’t blame Wahlberg.
“That’s his business. That’s what actors do, they get paid very handsomely, especially if they’re big stars. She’s a big star too though. I don’t get that,” she said.
Guillermo del Toro, who shouted about women’s equality as credits rolled on the Critics’ Choice Awards Thursday night, said he makes sure actresses on his productions are treated fairly.
“I think it’s incredibly important, because the work and the profession are exactly the same,” he said, adding that Hollywood used to recognise that.
The Handmaid’s Tale actor Joseph Fiennes said women should take action if things don’t change.
But before Hollywood grappled so publicly with sexual harassment and assault, the gender pay gap was one of the industry’s dominant issues.