The Mark Wahlberg/Michelle Williams pay controversy

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jan 12, 2018 12:47 AM GMT
    When Kevin Spacey was displaced from the movie All The Money in The World, and director Ridley Scott announced he would reshoot Spacey's scenes with actor Christopher Plummer, two of the main stars, Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, were approached to do reshoots of scenes. It was reported that Wahlberg received between $1.5-$2 million for his reshoots, and Williams received only $80.00 per day. She was willing to reshoot for free, but Wahlberg, through his agents, wanted big bucks. His agents told producers he "never" works for free. Do you think Wahlberg should have volunteered to do it for minmum pay, as Williams did? I saw the movie and thought he gave a great performance, but he's made a bucket load of money in the last twenty years, his current net worth is $255 million dollars. He certainly doesn't need the money, and this was a very rare situation.
  • Apparition

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    Jan 12, 2018 5:25 AM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidWhen Kevin Spacey was displaced from the movie All The Money in The World, and director Ridley Scott announced he would reshoot Spacey's scenes with actor Christopher Plummer, two of the main stars, Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, were approached to do reshoots of scenes. It was reported that Wahlberg received between $1.5-$2 million for his reshoots, and Williams received only $80.00 per day. She was willing to reshoot for free, but Wahlberg, through his agents, wanted big bucks. His agents told producers he "never" works for free. Do you think Wahlberg should have volunteered to do it for minmum pay, as Williams did? I saw the movie and thought he gave a great performance, but he's made a bucket load of money in the last twenty years, his current net worth is $255 million dollars. He certainly doesn't need the money, and this was a very rare situation.


    i dont see the point. unless you are going to chop up every movie ever made. nobody is innocent in hollywood
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    Jan 12, 2018 9:39 AM GMT
    Everyone in LA gets what they can for a film. Her (agent's) mistake was not putting in her contract that if other actors get paid for the remake, so would she - at whatever rate she was getting before.
    On the other side is the producer - who makes the most money when he can get the actors to work for the least.
  • MuchoMasQueMu...

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    Jan 12, 2018 2:25 PM GMT
    ^ Pretty much nailed it. It's all about the contract.

    But what pretty much makes this more scandalous is that both Wahlberg and Williams are represented by the same agency. Since their agents are from the same company an investigation has been launched to determine why Wahlberg's agents handled his contract to a much more favorable degree than Williams. That does look really bad. I can see this looking a lot more favorable for everyone had these two actors had agents from two different companies.

    The real tragic irony of it all is that Mark Wahlberg's acting ability is quite bad. He was sexy when he was jacked up but just put the mute button on and call it a day.
  • bro4bro

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    Jan 12, 2018 5:32 PM GMT
    I can see Wahlberg wanting to be paid well for the extra work. Yes it was a unique situation but it certainly wasn't his fault. And it's not like Spacey died in the middle of shooting. He'd finished his scenes; they could have released the movie as is. Make no mistake, they chose to replace him to avoid bad publicity which could have affected their profits. This is Hollywood. It isn't a charitable organization.

    And I can see Wahlberg commanding a higher salary than Williams - because I know who Mark Wahlberg is, and I have no idea who Michelle Williams is (admittedly, I pay very little attention to females, period). Bad actor or not, he draws people into the theaters. But I don't think anyone ever went to a movie specifically because Michelle Williams was in it (except her parents maybe).
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    Jan 12, 2018 5:59 PM GMT
    She jumped at the chance to have the movie re-done without Spacey and admitted willingly doing it for "free" in the name of social progress (I'm paraphrasing). Mark W clearly had no interest in giving a freebie to the producer who would (and did) get most of the credit. He shouldn't have to work for "free" just because his co-star was willing to, regardless of the cause.
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    Jan 12, 2018 11:21 PM GMT
    If doing the reshoots delayed or otherwise quantifiably reduced his earnings from another project it'd make more sense to me, especially if Wahlberg has a fuller work calendar than Williams.
  • interesting

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    Jan 13, 2018 2:20 AM GMT
    I don't think he should do it for free, it would have been nice and generous like what Michelle Williams did, it's not compulsory though. But the situation kind of say something about each of them as individual.
  • bro4bro

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    Jan 13, 2018 8:03 PM GMT
    UPDATE: Mark Wahlberg has now donated his entire $1.5 million fee for the reshoots to the National Women's Law Center's "Time's Up" Legal Defense Fund, which helps connect individuals facing sexual harassment with legal representation and provides resources to help fund that representation.

    He made the donation in Michelle Williams's name, obviously to put an end to the recent shitstorm regarding his demand to be paid for his extra work, while Williams worked "for free" at the rate of $1000 per day.

    I think it's a pity he was shamed into giving up his pay. Yeah he's a rich guy but he shouldn't have to work if he doesn't get paid, no matter whether he had to give up a more lucrative job to accommodate the reshoots or whether he simply wanted some time off. It's not like reshooting those scenes was some sort of humanitarian effort. The producers might have pretended they replaced Spacey out of support for women's rights but make no mistake, it was done to protect their own profits, nothing more. If they were all that committed to the cause they would have gladly paid ALL the actors their regular rates for the extra work, and this would never have been an issue.

    By the way, if you do a search on "Time's Up" you'll find it's the name of a New York City environmental organization that promotes cycling to work, community gardens, etc. You'd think a group as official-sounding as the National Women's Law Center would at least check to see if the name's already taken!
  • gayv

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    Jan 14, 2018 12:40 PM GMT
    I think he was very material ... And he had the opportunity to say Williams should receive the same treatment or, at least, he could give her some of his extra money.