Why Fans Are Furious About Michelle Williams' Treatment In Her New Movie

Thursday, 11 Jan, 2018

She has been in the industry for 20 yrs.

"This is so messed up that it is nearly hard to believe", wrote director and producer Judd Apatow.

"The optics are awful".

The reshoots came about following allegations of sexual misconduct against Kevin Spacey, who was ultimately replaced in the role of billionaire J. Paul Getty by Christopher Plummer.

Neither Wahlberg nor Williams nor co-star Timothy Hutton had reshoot clauses built into their contracts. Wahlberg reportedly earned $1.5 million for the same work. The USA Today report comes more than a month after a report in the Washington Post that Wahlberg had been paid $2 million to reshoot, with a source accusing there was merely "a figure in the hundreds of thousands of dollars or less for Williams, Plummer and other actors". They knew that this was going down, but failed to inform Williams of the deal.

"I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me", she told USA Today in December. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted.

Movie producer Judd Apatow called the claims "messed up". and added: 'I wonder if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane'. That means Williams made less than 0.1 percent of Wahlberg's salary for the reshoot. Adding insult to injury, Wahlberg and Williams are both represented by the William Morris Endeavor agency.

With news of the pay gap now public, many actors and fans have come to Williams defense, including The Deuce's Dave Krumholtz.

"The thing with pay inequality is it's one branch on the power tree".

"For me, it was an instant yes", the actress said of the reshoots while promoting the film.

The ceremony highlighted the Time's Up initiative, which seeks to take action on sexual harassment and inequality in the workplace. Katie Walsh of Tribune News Service said, "It's a testament to Michelle Williams's outsize talent that for all the hubbub surrounding the film, she shines like a beacon". Portman had just won an Oscar for her role in Black Swan, but was still paid three times less than her non-Oscar winning co-star.

After Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual assault past year, the actor was taken off numerous projects from his Master Class to House of Cards.

"Exposing the gross disparity in pay & hard evidence of the gender gap- negotiated by the SAME agents no less! - isn't a witch hunt", Bush tweeted.