Why did Michelle Williams sacrifice fair pay to replace a predator?


Jessica Chastain, an outspoken advocate of gender parity for Hollywood salaries, wrote in support of Williams, "She has been in the industry for 20 yrs. And I'll give you my Thanksgiving break, if that would help.' And they, to their credit, they only took my Thanksgiving break", Williams said.

Those arguing Wahlberg's case contend that not only did he take a larger pay cut to do the film in the first place, but when the question of reshoots arose, the actor had more leverage since his name also had been used to secure foreign sales on the film and he also was beginning to shoot a new film, Mile 22. Ironically, both Michelle and Mark are represented by officials from the same talent agency, William Morris Endeavor.

In December, Scott told USA Today that he was able to keep costs down for the re-shoot because "everyone did it for nothing". Wahlberg was said not approving Plummer as a replacement for Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott's film unless he was paid for over a million dollars for the reshoot.

However, Scott previously insisted all the cast had agreed to reshoot their scenes for free but did confirm Christopher and the crew were paid for their parts in reshooting the movie.

Director Ridley Scott partially re-shot his latest movie after Kevin Spacey was sacked because of sexual misconduct allegations, with both Wahlberg and Williams called back to act opposite Spacey's replacement Christopher Plummer.

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But a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about it tells USA TODAY that is incorrect. It seems there was little-to-no communication about each actor's deal between the agents (apparently this is normal), and if there was, they did a much better job representing Wahlberg, their male star, over Williams. Reports suggest that a few scenes from Ridley Scott-directed movie were to be re-shot after Kevin Spacey was sacked from the movie following sexual harassment allegations. "Everyone did it for nothing", he said, adding, "I refused to get paid".

Let's talk legalities: Salary negotiations are typically confidential, but if Williams was induced to work for free under false misrepresentations, that could violate state law and make her contract voidable.

Imperative Entertainment, the company that produced it, ultimately agreed to US$1.5 million. He asked his primary agent, Doug Lucterhand, to push for more money.

Wahlberg was already not thrilled to have worked for roughly 80 per cent less than his standard fee, the sources said, especially when overseas distributors were using his box-office track record to promote the film.