Mark Wahlberg and WME Donate $2 Million to Time’s Up Fund

January 15, 2018

Mark Wahlberg and his agency William Morris Endeavor donated a combined sum of $2 million to the Time’s Up legal defense fund in the name of actress Michelle Williams. Specifically, Wahlberg contributed $1.5 million, and WME gave $500,000.

The money was given in response to the recent controversy brewing about the pay discrepancy between costars Wahlberg and Williams for All the Money in the World movie reshoots. Indeed, Wahlberg was reportedly paid $1.5 million, whereas Williams received $80 per day totaling about $1,000 for the reshoots. It was also reported that her contract required her to do the reshoots whereas Wahlberg’s did not.

When the differences in pay were publicized, many argued the imbalance exemplified the gender pay gap in Hollywood–a hot topic in the industry. As both actors are members of SAG-AFTRA, a representative from the organization stated it’s looking into exactly why the actors were paid such different amounts in this circumstance.

Other factors affecting pay variance can include the box-office value of specific actors. According to Box Office Mojo, Wahlberg’s lifetime movie gross earnings amount to $2.9 billion, while Williams’ are $816 million. Also, some actors’ reps negotiate higher fees for their clients’ work. In this case, when it became clear that reshoots would be required, Williams reportedly said in an interview, “When this idea was hatched–that we were gonna go in and try to rewrite history–I was on the frontline. I was like, ‘You can have my salary, you can just take it, I don’t even do it … that’s not why I work. If that’ll help you, you can have it, you can have my break and you can have whatever and I’ll just be there waiting.'” Still, the significant disparity in pay was hotly debated.

“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for ‘All the Money in the World’ has become an important topic of conversation. I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5M to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name,” Wahlberg said in a statement.

WME had already donated $1 million to the Time’s Up fund earlier in January. Speaking on the latest donation, the agency said, “In recognition of the pay discrepancy on the ‘All the Money in the World’ reshoots, WME is donating an additional $500,000 to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name, following our $1 million pledge to the organization earlier this month. It’s crucial that this conversation continues within our community and we are committed to being part of the solution.”

Upon hearing news of the donations, Williams released a statement saying, “Today isn’t about me. My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted. If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice. Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment.”

All the Money in the World‘s reshoots were required when the film’s director Ridley Scott determined to reshoot all the scenes that featured Kevin Spacey who originally portrayed J. Paul Getty in the crime thriller. After multiple sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Spacey, Christopher Plummer was recast for the part. The film went on to receive three Golden Globe nominations: Best Director, Michelle Williams for Best Actress in a Drama, and Christopher Plummer for Best Supporting Actor.

The Time’s Up fund was founded in response to the #MeToo movement, and it subsidizes legal support to victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. It is administered by the National Women’s Law Center.