Sometimes “fake news” isn’t so much a matter of giving out false information, but of not giving up all the facts. Take for example the latest gender equality in Hollywood flash point, the one about actress Michelle Williams who only earned $1000 for reshoots on the film “All The Money In The World,” while costar Mark Wahlberg pocketed $1.5 million. True, that stuff really happened. But before you jump on the ‘what-a bunch-of-bigots’ bandwagon, let us fill you in on the rest of this story.
It all started with director Ridley Scott’s decision to reshoot all of the movie’s scenes with Kevin Spacey, who had been accused of sexual misconduct, just weeks before the movie’s December release date. Actors Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams agreed to do the reshoots, but Wahlberg (and agent) asked for $1.5 million to do the scenes. Williams, on the other hand, did the extra scenes for $1000.
Why the huge disparity? That’s the part of the story that no one is bothering to mention. According to numerous reports, Williams said on record, “I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort.” In other words, she was willing to work for free because she felt that doing the reshoot was the right thing to do. Wow!
“There’s actually a really good story here, but they chose not to write it” said Glenn on the show today. “That is a fantastic story. There’s nothing wrong with that, but the fact remains that she could have asked for more money like Mark Wahlberg did.”
Watch the clip above to hear Glenn break down the whole story.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: 0.07 percent.
When the world learned that actress Michelle Williams only earned 0.07% of what Mark Wahlberg made for reshoots on the film “All The Money In The World,” outraged erupted.
Sure, it’s a headline that looks bad, but before you cry for the eradication of the male species, maybe you should look at the whole story.
In an effort to reduce controversy and be an Oscar contender, director Ridley Scott decided that he needed to reshoot all of (now-disgraced actor) Kevin Spacey’s scenes in “All the Money in the World.”
Both supporting actors Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams agreed to do the reshoots.
Mark Wahlberg and his agent asked for $1.5 million to do the scenes, while Michelle and her agent negotiated for basically nothing.
Mark and Michelle are both represented by the same talent agency, so why didn’t Michelle’s agent push for a million-dollar payout?
Because Michelle is actually on record agreeing to do the reshoots for free. She said, “I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort.”
Unlike Wahlberg, the opportunity that this movie presents for Michelle is worth more to her than any salary. “All the Money in the World” could very well be the most important role of her career. It’s possible that she may win an Oscar for her performance. No wonder she was so willing to reshoot without negotiating for more money.
And if I may add, she didn’t do the reshoots for free after all. She was paid $1,000 even though she volunteered to do the job for nothing.
So, Michelle Williams essentially got a bonus for the reshoots and a very real chance at winning an Oscar.
If she wins, she’ll have something Mark Wahlberg and all the money in the world can never buy.