I don't know of a single person who's actually seen All the Money in the World, but it seems like everyone has something to say about the movie. Or, to be more specific, they have a lot of thoughts about the circumstances surrounding the film.
I'm guessing director Ridley Scott was probably hoping for his newest film to feature in headlines in a slightly different light, but hey — no publicity is bad publicity, right?
Last week, it was revealed that there was gigantic disparity between the payment Michelle Williams received for the film's reshoots and what Mark Wahlberg received.
via: GettyIn case you missed it, Williams received less than one percent of what Wahlberg did. William's pay came out to approximately $1,000.
via: GettyWahlberg's was $1.5 million. When that news came out (literally in the same week that those #WokeGoldenGlobes occurred), many of us took a collective deep breath and said, "yiiiiiiiikes."
Williams and Wahlberg — along with the rest of the film's cast and crew — agreed to come back for re-shoots after it was revealed that Kevin Spacey (who originally had a role in the film) had a history of sexual abuse. Canadian actor Christopher Plummer replaced Spacey.
via: GettyUnfortunately, it seemed like removing a sexual predator from the film hadn't fixed everything. (Weird. It's almost like there's a systemic issue that needs addressing). It was only more salt added to the wound to find out that in addition to Williams and Wahlberg making such wildly different amounts of money, they are represented by the same talent agency.
As the vitriol mounted against him, Wahlberg eventually decided to donate the money he'd received for the re-shoots to the Time's Up legal defense fund. Here's his statement on the matter:
https://t.co/jvGDGVZqPQ— Mark Wahlberg (@Mark Wahlberg)1515868868.0
"Today isn't about me," she began.
Michelle Williams' reaction to Mark Wahlberg's donation: https://t.co/iDIzLwangf— Amy Kaufman (@Amy Kaufman)1515894489.0
Now, here's the thing. I think it's great that Mark Wahlberg donated $1.5 million to Time's Up. Buuuuuuut...I mean, he has a lot of money. And there's a pretty good chance that, had the general public not been made aware of that $1.5 million, he would have just kept it. You could easily make the argument that he was essentially peer pressured into making the donation.
via: GettyAnd we also can't ignore the fact that now that he's made this donation, people are praising him like crazy. He managed to flip the conversations about him from casting aspersions to straight-up praise. Sure, something being done primarily for "good PR" purposes doesn't make it less good. But it does cast a bit of a shadow on the whole situation, no?
Obviously, the entire situation is pretty nuanced and multilayered.
If I were Mark Wahlberg, instead of caving to peer pressure & giving away my $1.5M salary, I'd donate the name of m… https://t.co/yCpwGt0UyT— Liz Wheeler (@Liz Wheeler)1515884639.0