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Mark Wahlberg says there’s ‘a long way to go’ in gender pay equality

The Wahlburger star's pay check was the center of discussion about the gender pay gap in Hollywood earlier this year

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Mark Wahlberg made headlines at the start of the year when he was paid $1.5 million for the reshoots of All The Money In The World, while his costar Michelle Williams was only paid $1,000.

They were forced to do reshoots as a result of Kevin Spacey being recast following sexual assault allegations.

Within days, Mark had made amends for the injustice, donating the money to the Times Up movement.

“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for All the Money in the World has become an important topic of conversation. 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,” his statement said.

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Nina Shaw, a lawyer who is involved in Time’s Up movement, confirmed last month that Mark did, in fact, donate the money to the organization in Michelle’s name.

The Departed actor discussed how awkward it was when his pay became a scandal saying, “It’s not me who decides who gets paid what. Your value’s based on what the marketplace dictates, and with that particular situation, it was very awkward.”

“It didn’t take much to make the decision [to donate the money]. It was just the right thing to do, you know? And Michelle is a fantastic actress,” he added.

Mark admitted that he worked on the movie in order to work with director Ridley Scott, and had already taken a substantial pay cut, but he didn’t think twice about donating his reshoot pay check.

Speaking to Extra at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the 46-year-old said, “We want to continue to make sure that everybody feels that we’re having equal opportunity and equal pay for everybody.”

He concluded saying, “We have a long way to go. We need to work together to make sure that everybody gets an equal opportunity out there.”