After it emerged that Michelle Williams got paid $1000 compared to Mark Wahlberg's $1.5 million for the reshoots necessary for Ridley Scott's movie All The Money In The World, many zero-ed in on what appeared to be a pretty flagrant and shabby example of Hollywood sexism.
USA Today reported Tuesday that Williams was paid less than $1,000 for the re-shoot, while Wahlberg made $1.5 million. The fact they're both represented by the same talent agency - WME - could raise questions, if true, about fair and equal representation.
Williams quickly agreed to return. Wahlberg's agent Ari Emanuel - the person that Jeremy Piven's character of Entourage was based upon, which was by the way produced by Wahlberg - was in part able to grant his client this advantage because the actor reportedly initially signed up to do the film at a pay cut to add prestige to his résumé. She ultimately worked over Thanksgiving, racing to London on an overnight flight after arranging for her 12-year-old daughter to spend the holiday without her.
Williams previously told USA Today she was happy to accommodate the re-shoot, saying, "They could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted".
After Wahlberg's representatives told the film's financiers that he "never" works for free, they made it clear he wouldn't do any of the reshoots unless he got what he was asking for. "Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort", she'd said.
According to The Wrap, the potential for reshoots was already factored into Williams' contract, but crucially, not in Wahlberg's.
The disclosure of specific salary details also came just after Sunday's Golden Globes, which was a showcase for Time's Up, a new initiative to end sexual harassment and gender inequality in Hollywood and other industries.
Sony A still from "All the Money in the World". Jessica Chastain, now starring in the Golden Globe-nominated "Molly's Game", called Williams a "brilliant" actress who "deserves more".
What's alarming and preposterous about this revelation is that Williams is a markedly more gifted and critically recognized film presence than Wahlberg, who hasn't even given a noteworthy acting performance in his career.
Citing an unnamed source, who was apparently familiar with the pay negotiations, the Washington Post revealed in November that Wahlberg was paid $2million for the shoot.
The Screen Actors Guild, the labor union that represents screen actors, is looking into the matter to see if any of the guild's contract rules were broken, Deadline reported.
Publicists for Wahlberg and Williams did not respond to requests for comment.