Michelle Williams earning less than Mark Wahlberg for the “All the Money in the World” reshoots was caused by differences in their contracts.
The Wrap reported the following Thursday:
Mark Wahlberg received $1.5 million to take part in reshoots for “All the Money in the World,” while Michelle Williams got next to nothing. And while that strikes many as a clear-case of sexism, it just comes down to their contracts, TheWrap has learned.
Williams received only a per diem of $80 a day, as USA Today first reported. Her contract required her to do reshoots, which turned out to be much more extensive than planned because director Ridley Scott re-cast disgraced actor Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer.
Wahlberg received more than 1000 times as much money as she did because reshoots were not in his contract, according to an individual with knowledge of the deal.
Well, would we all take a look at this. The internet blew up over the fact Wahlberg made a ton of money for reshoots and Williams didn’t, especially considering they both have agents from the same agency. Naturally, nobody on the internet waited for the facts, and I was pretty much the only person in the universe defending Wahlberg. Nobody is going to get offered $1.5 million and turn it down. That’s not how smart business people work.
Plenty of people told me I was an idiot or didn’t understand the sexism in the situation. No, it looks like the internet wasn’t smart enough to wait for an explanation. Literally nobody is surprised by the overreactions. Maybe next time we should wait until contract details are released before everybody decides it’s time to freak out, and don’t blame a guy for getting his money.