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Mark Wahlberg and Agency Will Donate $2 Million to Time’s Up After Outcry Over Pay

Mark Wahlberg and Agency Will Donate $2 Million to Time’s Up After Outcry Over Pay

By JEFFERY C. MAYS

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Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in “All the Money in the World.” When scenes in the film were reshot to remove Kevin Spacey, Ms. Williams received a per diem of $80 for 10 days of work while Mr. Wahlberg negotiated a fee of $1.5 million.

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Mark Wahlberg and his talent agency, William Morris Endeavor, will donate $2 million to a fund dedicated to fighting pay inequity and harassment of women in Hollywood.

The donation will be made in the name of Michelle Williams, Mr. Wahlberg’s co-star in the movie “All the Money in the World,” after an outcry about pay discrepancy in reshoots for the film. Ms. Williams received a per diem of $80 for 10 days of work while Mr. Wahlberg negotiated a fee of $1.5 million. The two actors are represented by the same agency.

“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for ‘All the Money in the World’ has become an important topic of conversation,” Mr. Wahlberg said in a statement. “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.”

Through a spokeswoman, Mr. Wahlberg declined to comment further on Saturday.

William Morris Endeavor said in a statement that it was “committed to being part of the solution.” The agency pledged $500,000 to the Time’s Up fund.

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“The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a position of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities, including the gender wage gap,” the statement said.

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In a statement late Saturday, Ms. Williams gave credit to Mr. Wahlberg, William Morris Endeavor and many others for making the day “one of the most indelible” of her life.

“Today isn’t about me,” she said. “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.”

She continued: “If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice.”

Scenes from the movie, directed by Ridley Scott, had to be reshot after Imperative Entertainment, which financed the movie, removed the actor Kevin Spacey, who was accused by several men of making unwanted sexual advances, from the finished film.

Christopher Plummer replaced Mr. Spacey, and Mr. Scott reassembled the cast in London to reshoot the scenes with a budget of $10 million.

The film is about the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III and his grandfather’s refusal to pay a $17 million ransom.

Fellow actors expressed outrage at the pay disparity when it came to light.

“She has been in the industry for 20 yrs,” Jessica Chastain tweeted. “She deserves more than 1% of her male costar’s salary.”

On Saturday, actors expressed their support for Mr. Wahlberg’s decision. Mark Ruffalo tweeted that the donation was “classy.”

Classy and admirable move, @MarkWahlberg. Mark Wahlberg and Agency Give $2M to Time's Up Fund After Pay Discrepancy Outcry – The Hollywood Reporter https://t.co/SuoYvFcFaX


Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo)
Jan. 13, 2018

Octavia Spencer also praised Mr. Wahlberg, calling the donation a “good thing to do.”

Good thing to do. Thanks for supporting equal pay @MarkWahlberg: https://t.co/mlPABqsf5s


octavia spencer (@octaviaspencer)
Jan. 13, 2018

Melissa Silverstein, the founder of Women and Hollywood, a group that fights for pay equity in Hollywood, tweeted: “The lesson here is that pressure for equal pay works.”

Matt Stevens contributed reporting.

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