The Transformers actor was photographed while running errands at a Rite Aid Pharmacy in Beverly Hills, on Friday, January 12, just days after USA Today published the report. Wahlberg wore a white T-shirt, light blue jeans and red sneakers during his outing, and avoided questions about the pay gap controversy.
Director Ridley Scott did reshoots on the film after Christopher Plummer was hired to replace Kevin Spacey, who was removed from the movie after several men came forward accusing him of sexual misconduct. Williams, 37, was reportedly paid less than one percent of what her male costar received for reshooting the scenes for the film about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III.
On Tuesday, January 9, USA Today reported that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for the 10 days he spent reshooting his scenes, while the actress received less than $1,000 for the same number of days. She was reportedly paid an $80 per diem. On Thursday, January 11, it was also reported that Wahlberg — who had costar approval in his contract — refused to approve Plummer as a replacement for Spacey unless he was paid over a million dollars for redoing his scenes.
“What he said was, ‘I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.’ And that’s how he (expletive) them,” one person told the newspaper.
The actress, who plays the kidnapped boy’s mother in the film, previously told the newspaper about her reaction when Scott’s team called her to return to the set during Thanksgiving: “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.”
In December, Scott said that the reshoot, which reportedly cost $10 million, was possible because “everyone did it for nothing.” He added: “They all came in free. Christopher had to get paid. But Michelle, no. Me, no.”
Other celebrities have been taking to Twitter to stand up for Williams and to call out the film and the actor over the pay disparity. Stars including Busy Philipps, Jessica Chastain, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Judd Apatow shared their thoughts about the situation, with Williams’ BFF Philipps calling it “unacceptable” and “shameful.”
UNACCEPTABLE. UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TO SAY THE LEAST. https://t.co/KS6hRmE4TA
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) January 10, 2018
“Michelle Williams is one of the best actress working right now. It makes me furious that her talent is undervalued in this way. #EqualPay,” Ferguson tweeted on Wednesday.