Why the 'All the Money in the World' pay gap is the worst thing for Hollywood

Why the 'All the Money in the World' pay gap is the worst thing for Hollywood

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The film “All the Money in the World” didn’t live up to its title when it came to paying actress Michelle Williams — an uncomfortable revelation at a time when Hollywood is still trying to find its footing in treating women fairly, experts say.

Fans and Hollywood elite alike were reeling Wednesday after USA Today reported that a hasty reshoot of the thriller earned actor Mark Wahlberg an additional $1.5 million, while his female co-star Williams simply got an $80 per diem, adding up to less than $1,000.

“Please go see Michelle’s performance in All The Money in The World. She’s a brilliant Oscar nominated Golden Globe winning actress. She has been in the industry for 20 yrs. She deserves more than 1% of her male costar’ s salary,” tweeted actress Jessica Chastain.

“This is so messed up that it is almost hard to believe,” wrote director and producer Judd Apatow.

Those who study the intersection between gender politics and pop culture called it a humiliation for the production company and a black eye for Hollywood.

“The optics are terrible. There’s no two ways about that,” said Dr. Amy Peloff, a feminist historian, a media studies scholar and an affiliate assistant faculty member of gender, women and sexuality studies at the University of Washington.

Peloff said the situation was made worse by the reason why “All the Money” was reshot in the first place: After Kevin Spacey, who originally starred as billionaire J. Paul Getty in the based-on-a-true-story film, was accused of a slew of sexual misconduct abuses against young men, director Ridley Scott replaced him with actor Christopher Plummer.




Image: Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in a still from "All The Money In The World"

Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in a still from “All The Money In The World.”