AceShowbiz - Michelle Williams has nothing but good things to say about her "All the Money in the World" co-star Mark Wahlberg after he donated his $1.5 million paycheck for the reshoots on their film to the Time's Up movement in her name. Saying that she had one of the most "indelible days" of her life, the mother of one thanked the 46-year-old buff actor who "stood by me and stood up for me."
On Saturday, January 13, Mark said he agreed to donate the fee he received for the reshoots on the movie to the anti-harassment movement, with their shared agency William Morris Endeavor (WME) donating an additional $500,000. The move came in the wake of the backlash that sparked after it was revealed that Michelle was paid just $80 per diem when they returned to shoot key scenes again with Christopher Plummer, who stepped in to replace disgraced actor Kevin Spacey in the film.
Though it's a day she would never forget, Michelle insisted the action was not "about" her, but a stand for equality. She also sent her support to Anthony Rapp, whose accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior against Kevin led to the actor being fired from the project.
"Today isn't about me," Michelle said in a statement. "My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted. If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice."
"Today is one of the most indelible days of my life because of Mark Wahlberg, WME and a community of women and men who share in this accomplishment," she continued. "Anthony Rapp, for all the shoulders you stood on, now we stand on yours."
When Mark made his donation, he insisted he's supporting "fair pay" and admitted the discrepancy was an "important topic." He said, "Over the last few days my reshoot fee for 'All The Money in the World' has become an important topic of conversation. I 100 percent support the fight for fair pay and I'm donating the $1.5 million to the Time's Up Legal Fund in Michelle Williams' name."
WME added in a statement, "'The current conversation is a reminder that those of us in a position of influence have a responsibility to challenge inequities, including the gender wage gap. In recognition of the pay discrepancy on 'All The Money In The World reshoots', WME is donating an additional $500,000 to the Time's Up Legal Fund in Michelle Williams' name, following our $1 million pledge to the organization earlier this month. It's crucial that this conversation continues within our community and we are committed to being part of the solution."