Gender pay gaps in the entertainment industry (or any industry for that matter) are sadly nothing new, but the sheer scale of the latest discrepancy has left people furious.
It's been reported that Michelle Williams was paid just $80 per day to reshoot scenes for Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World – less than one per cent of Mark Wahlberg's reported fee of $200,000 per day.
The film had originally starred Kevin Spacey, however after a series of allegations emerged claiming that the star had sexually harassed a number of young males, Ridley made the immediate decision to re-cast Christopher Plummer in the leading role.
As a result, a total of 22 scenes needed to be reshot over the course of 10 days at the cost of $10 million.
An report published in The Washington Post last November reported that Mark Wahlberg had been paid “at last $2 million” for the extra work, while Michelle Williams was paid “a figure in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
This claim was later rubbished by the director to told the publication that “everyone did it for nothing,” adding, “they all came in for free.”
However, a tweet from Melissa Silverstein has raised the question of payments once again, with claims that Michelle took home a tiny fraction of her co-star's salary.
“On the day after display of female power at the #goldenglobes, I learned that there was an egregious pay gap between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg for the All The Money In The World reshoot,” she wrote.
On the day after display of female power at the #goldenglobes, I learned that there was an egregious pay gap between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg for the All the Money in the World reshoot. Did they think this wouldn't come out? Unacceptable #TimesUp
— Melissa Silverstein (@melsil) January 9, 2018
In an article published today by USA Today, three people “familiar with the situation but not authorised to speak publicly” said Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million in total for the reshoots and Williams was paid just $80 per day, less than $1000 in total.
Needless to say, the news has sparked outrage across the Twittershpere.
REMINDER THAT MICHELLE WILLIAMS WAS NOMINATED FOR A GOLDEN GLOBE FOR HER PERFORMANCE IN ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD AND MARKY MARK WAS NOT AND YET HE GOT ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD TO BE THERE.
— Casey Cipriani (@CaseyCip) January 10, 2018
Mark Wahlberg doesn’t have even 1% of Michelle Williams’ acting ability
— Jon (@prasejeebus) January 10, 2018
Mark Wahlberg literally made 100x more than Michelle Williams for their reshoots of "All the Money in the World".
Lemme repeat that: MARK WAHLBERG MADE 100 TIMES MORE FOR RESHOOTS THAN THE BRILLIANT AND FAR-MORE-TALENTED WOMAN HE WAS CO-STARRING WITH.
— Charlotte Clymer (@cmclymer) January 10, 2018
Michelle Williams is a captivating, brilliant talent. Her willingness to take 1k to fix the film is wholly honorable. Why didn’t @WME protect their client? Because they were too busy leveraging her shitty deal to get Wahlberg more money. Wahlberg packaged Entourage at WME.
— Krumholtz (@mrDaveKrumholtz) January 10, 2018