The gender paradigm in Hollywood continues to make headlines. Since this week’s Golden Globe awards, there has been much talk about how women are treated, not only in Hollywood, but all over the world.
Specific actresses have spoken out about the plethora of ways women are undermined and not valued in their industry. To the ubiquitous sexual assault allegations to the everpresent pay disparity, these imbalances are not going to be shrouded in silence any longer.
Yesterday, information was released that critically acclaimed, multiple Golden Globe and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams received less than one percent of what her costar Mark Wahlberg did for the reshoots required for their new film All The Money In The World, which is coincidently about how money corrupts powerful men.
What’s alarming and preposterous about this revelation is that Williams is a markedly more gifted and critically recognized film presence than Wahlberg, who hasn’t even given a noteworthy acting performance in his career. Williams, who has been heralded as a blinding talent for her portrayals in films such as Blue Valentine, My Week With Marilyn and Manchester By The Sea. She is routinely praised by critics and the academy alike; she’s a four-time Oscar nominee.
So for such a huge disparity to occur seems absolutely asinine. Especially to all the purists who say that talent is the only barometer we should be using to measure what someone is worth in terms of their salaries. Williams can, and has, unequivocally outacted Wahlberg in the majority of her roles versus his, if not in all of them.
After much digging, it appears that Williams, as well as many other people who worked on the film, took a massive pay cut as a beacon of gratitude for all the work the shots would take under the circumstances. The entire reason that these reshoots were required was because Christopher Plummer was hired to play the role Kevin Spacey had initially been cast in.
However, Wahlberg’s agents negotiated the $1.5 million pricetag for him. It’s hard to believe he didn’t know or had any problem taking it. But ultimately, the principle is that these type of tipped scale atrocities happen to women, who are objectively better at what they do than men, all the time.