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Stars 'shocked' at gender pay disparity in Hollywood

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A movie star's salary is determined by the perceived audience drawing power of the star. As a rule, male actors draw more audiences than actresses, so they are paid more.

In cases like The Passenger, it was Jennifer Lawrence who was paid hell of more than her co-star Chris Pratt.

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Actor is a job for which salary is determined only by offer and demand. If salary is not enough, ask for more.

There is not equality of gender. Why should there be ?

If you want to act even for free, you can !

For sure men are greedy.

If you want to be as a woman, just do it...

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A movie star's salary is determined by the perceived audience drawing power of the star. As a rule, male actors draw more audiences than actresses, so they are paid more.

Exactly what I came here to say. I am sure a movie with Mark Wahlberg as the lead will do much bigger numbers than a Michelle Williams movie.

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To the extent the studios act as cartels and discriminate against women, I think there is strong merit in the ladies' position. Weinstein is an obvious example.

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Aside from the insane gap between the two, it astounds me that Williams/her agency agreed for her to do the reshoots for less than $100 per day.

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Shock or just plain old greed?

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I am all for equality. People should be paid for what they are worth. I can't really comment on the example that was given except that I have heard of Mark Wahlberg, but I have never heard of Michelle Williams. I don't even recognize her face. I would pay money to see Mark in a movie because I know his style, and like his acting. I wouldn't be swayed either way with Michelle since I have no idea who she is.

So, perhaps in this case, the movie studio got it right?

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Jonobugs,

“ I have heard of Mark Wahlberg, but I have never heard of Michelle Williams.....So, perhaps in this case, the movie studio got it right?”

If Wiki is correct, Williams has four Academy Award nominations while Wahlberg has only two. But somehow she is unknown.....

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If Wiki is correct, Williams has four Academy Award nominations while Wahlberg has only two. But somehow she is unknown.....

I've never heard of her myself, though I don't pay a lot of attention to celebrities. I have however heard of Mark Wahlburg, and could probably name 5-10 movies I've seen him in, with little difficulty. I've known who he was ever since he was Marky-Mark.

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A movie star's salary is determined by the perceived audience drawing power of the star. As a rule, male actors draw more audiences than actresses, so they are paid more.

That's the most common sense answer based on reality that's been posted yet on this article.

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Michelle who?

She was OK with the money she was getting, and only complained when she found out Wahlberg got more. So childish; like a little child crying that the other kid got a bigger piece of cake.

USA Today reported this week that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for the 10 days of reshoots, while Williams got less than $1,000 for the same work.

The same work?

Anyway, I doubt very much that whoever was in charge decided to give Wahlberg 1.5 million just because he's a man and 1,000 to Williams just because she is a woman.

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In the music industry, Beyoncé is the highest earning artist. I don’t hear Bruno Mars and Snoop Dogg complaining.

Mark Wahlberg is a bigger star with a higher crowd turnout and several multimillion dollar movies.

The bench warmer doesn’t complain that Darvish is making 20times more money.

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Here's the updated story:

"Michelle Williams Volunteered to Give Up Her Pay for 'All the Money in the World' Reshoots"

http://www.etonline.com/michelle-williams-volunteered-give-her-pay-all-money-world-reshoots-94019

According to a source, when director Ridley Scott hired Christopher Plummer to reshoot Kevin Spacey's scenes after he was dropped from the film amid multiple sexual misconduct allegations last year, Wahlberg was never asked to work for free, nor was he told that Williams had to either.

Before the allegations against Spacey even surfaced, Wahlberg originally took a significant pay cut when he signed on for the film, which had not been greenlit prior to his commitment.

Regarding the reshoots, the source adds that it wasn't that producers refused to pay; Williams volunteered to waive any fee. That being said, the source believes this shouldn't be an issue or question of a gender pay gap.

Williams told ET Canada last month that given the circumstances, she was willing to do whatever it took to salvage the film.

"When this idea was hatched -- that we were gonna go in and try to rewrite history -- I was on the frontline," Williams explained. "I was like, 'You can have my salary, you can just take it, I don't even do it… that's not why I work. If that'll help you, you can have it, you can have my break and you can have whatever and I'll just be there waiting.'"

However, one month later, USA Today quoted Scott as saying that Wahlberg and Williams did their reshoots for free. "Everyone did it for nothing," Scott reportedly said. "They all came in for free."

Williams and Scott both gave interviews in the run-up to the release exclaiming that they and the above-the-line actors (with the exception of Chris Plummer) essentially worked for free in order to salvage the prestige picture.

Assuming all of this is true, then Michelle Williams and Ridley Scott agreed to work on reshoots sans much in the way of compensation while Wahlberg demanded more money for more shooting days. Whether or not Mark Wahlberg was public about his requests for additional compensation or made a behind-the-scenes deal and participated in the “for the love of the game” narrative, we can only speculate.

"The person who should be most ashamed of this is Michelle's agent," added Inside Amy Schumer producer-director Daniel Powell. "Their entire job is to protect against this sort of thing."

Both Wahlberg and Williams are represented by the same talent agency, so WME [their agency] is probably going to have to play some spin/defense in the next few days.

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Male models make significantly less than female models.

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