Mark Wahlberg’s Agent Isn’t Sexist — He’s Just Really Good At Getting Money

David Hookstead | Reporter

The internet erupted late Tuesday night after a reported claimed Mark Wahlberg’s “All the Money in the World” female costar made one percent what he did for reshoots.

The reshoots came after Kevin Spacey was booted following rampant sexual misconduct allegations. He was ultimately replaced by Christopher Plummer. Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for the reshoots, and while the female lead, Michelle Williams, was paid less than $1,000, according to USA Today. Both are represented by agents at William Morris Endeavor.

Predictably, it didn’t take long for Twitter to freak out.

Call me crazy, but I really don’t understand any of the outrage here. Williams even previously told USA Today, “I 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.”

So, we’re now supposed to be upset because Wahlberg’s agent was able to squeeze out an extra $1.5 mil for his boy, but Williams threw away all her leverage from the beginning and was effectively paid in ham sandwiches? Doesn’t seem fair to me.

Williams had leverage. She could have refused to do reshoots unless Sony paid her a ton of money like they did Wahlberg, and they almost certainly would have. This literally has nothing to do with sexism. This whole situation is about one actor’s agents scoring him a major paycheck and one actress openly admitting she didn’t care about the money.

Of course, the internet doesn’t care about facts. They only want to spin up the outrage machine. Don’t blame anybody for the pay disparity here other than Williams and her representatives. It’s not a bad thing that Wahlberg wanted to get paid.

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