The move was widely celebrated, and the filmmakers were praised for taking such a bold stance against sexual harassment (even if that stance was to preserve their own financial gains).
Furthermore, it is said that Wahlberg penned a formal letter vetoing Plummer's participation until his request was guaranteed. "I 100 percent support the fight for fair pay and I'm donating the $1.5 million to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams' name".
Perhaps we should have all been more skeptical that Wahlberg's name was not mentioned among the kind folks who donated their time for the greater good.
News of the alleged disparity between Wahlberg and Williams did not go down well online.
Both performers are represented by William Morris Endeavor - although each is repped by separate agents there - which only fueled the perception of injustice and put WME in the crosshairs.
It's also unclear whether or not Williams knew that Wahlberg hadn't yet committed to the reshoots when she agreed to participate.
Actor Mark Wahlberg is breaking his silence, about a pay equity dispute over his latest movie.
That was not just the story she was told, but the story reported to all of us. "She's a brilliant Oscar nominated, Golden Globe winning actress". He added: "They all came in free". Scott said that apart from Plummer and the film crew, everyone had done the shoot essentially for free, which is now contradicted by reports of Wahlberg's salary.
According to two film interviewed by USA Today, Wahlberg had co-star approval in his contract, and refused to approve Plummer's casting in the film until he was paid a salary of over a million.
"Everyone did it for nothing", Scott told USA Today last month.
Pay discrepancies are sadly nothing new in the entertainment business, or anywhere really, but they rarely get this egregious. "But Michelle, no. Me, no". She eventually agreed to do it for pennies. she got $80 per diem and that's it.
She lost out at the Golden Globes on Sunday to Frances McDormand, but proved to be the flawless date for her guest, #MeToo creator Tarana Burke. "Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort", Williams recalled.
Burke, an activist from Harlem, launched the #MeToo movement a decade ago to aid underprivileged women of color affected by sexual abuse.