Ridley Scott 'betrayed and angry' by pay gap

Mark Wahlberg was paid Rs 9.5 crore for 9 days’ work and only Rs 63,000 for Michelle Williams

The matter was highlighted after Melissa Silverste (Founder of Women and Hollywood) said, "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 has been in the industry for 20 years.

Other actresses including Mia Farrow, Amber Tamblyn and Sophia Bush also spoke out on social media against the reported pay disparity. Michelle Williams is an independent film darling, but has not headlined blockbusters like Wahlberg, who has successfully taken over the Transformers franchise and was 2017's highest-paid actor, Forbes reports.

Now, however, sources tells USA Today that both actors had preexisting language in their contracts concerning reshoots, with one person explaining to the paper, "What he said was, 'I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.' And that's how he (expletive) them".

"I mean, we get paid a lot, so it's hard to complain", the star said, "but the disparity is insane".

Ridley Scott 'betrayed and angry' by pay gap

The report on the massive wage disparity - which amounts to Williams receiving less than 1 percent of her male co-star's fee - was first published in USA Today. Britto said it was important to acknowledge that it wasn't clear whether Walhberg or his team negotiated the reshoot salary, and said he shouldn't be portrayed as the "poster child" for pay gaps between the genders. "She deserves more than 1% of her male co-star's salary", Ms Chastain tweeted.

Ridley Scott, who directed the movie, and Imperative Entertainment, the company that produced and financed it, were lauded in December for purging the disgraced actor Kevin Spacey from the film.

But with Williams already on board and the clock ticking towards the release date, Wahlberg's representatives knew they had leverage over the production team, both the Times and TMZ said. Williams can, and has, unequivocally outacted Wahlberg in the majority of her roles versus his, if not in all of them. She did everything she thought she had to do, including giving up Thanksgiving with her family, to make sure that "All The Money In The World" would get into theaters. It remains unclear why Wahlberg's contract lacked reshoot clauses. Her haul wouldn't even earn her a place on the men's top 10 list. If Williams' agents had asked the producers to guarantee equal pay rates for everyone involved, "All The Money In The World" would have avoided a round of bad press, and Scott and his colleagues would have gotten double credit.

Spokesmen for Imperative, William Morris Endeavor and Sony Pictures, which distributed "All the Money in the World", declined to comment for this article.

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