Sexism may not be to blame for pay gap

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Sexism may not be to blame for pay gap

People are still sounding off over Mark Wahlberg's alleged high pay difference over co-star Michelle Williams for reshooting All the Money in the World - and the reports don't get better.

Wahlberg was set to star in All the Money in the World alongside Spacey, but after the House of Cards actor was exposed as having a history fraught with sexual misconduct he was dropped from the film.

When Scott made the unprecedented decision to reshoot, in the wake of the allegations of sexual assault leveled against Spacey in November, he and his team had to move quickly since the film's scheduled release was just one month away. He added that the actors "came in free", and while Plummer "had to get paid", Michelle was not.

But Wahlberg allegedly stalled the vote without his additional salary, despite the fact that the moie was racing against a deadline to submit the movie to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for Golden Globes consideration.

Williams previously told USA Today she was happy to accommodate the re-shoot, saying, "They could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted". A source close to production says Sony was not involved in talent pay negotiations.

In an interview with USA TODAY prior to the controversy, Williams said she offered her services for free to remake Kevin Spacey's scenes in the film. But with the film's survival on the line, she agreed to take far less: the union-designated rate of $80 per day, which worked out to less than $1,000 for the 10 days of reshoots.

There are two reasons main reasons, the first being that Wahlberg and Williams - who are both represented by the same agency, William Morris Endeavor - started out the project with unequal contracts.

SCOTT: "No, I wouldn't get paid, I refused to get paid".

The report flies in the face of Williams' work in the newly-launched Time's Up campaign, an effort led by female stars to address gender discrimination in Hollywood and other industries.

Christopher Plummer in a scene from "All the Money in the World".

Because Williams had already committed to return, Wahlberg had leverage: He was the only major missing piece and the clock was ticking. Publicists for Williams, Wahlberg and Scott either declined to comment or did not respond to queries.

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.

The revelation of pay disparity has renewed the row over gender inequality in Hollywood. "I wonder if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane".

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