Disney’s Jungle Cruise is still more than a year away from being released, but the movie is already landing on folks’ radar, and, unfortunately, it’s not for a good reason.
According to multiple reports, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is getting a $22 million paycheck, $13 million more than his co-star, Emily Blunt. The head-scratcher here is that both Dwayne, 46, and Emily, 35, are both taking lead roles in the film. And if your math skills are up to par, the former WWE star will be making more than double the Mary Poppins Returns actress. And Dwayne is no stranger to reeling in the big bucks, as this past August it was revealed by Forbes magazine that he took in $124 million in 2018, so he can expect to see a higher total in 2019. In fact, George Clooney was the only actor this year to make more money than Dwayne, as he took in $239 million.
Dwayne has a massive list of upcoming films on his slate, including a sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Red Dawn and Black Adam, so it’s pretty clear his paycheck will only continue to grow. As for the British actress, aside from Jungle Cruise, the only film Emily has upcoming is a sequel to A Quiet Place, which her husband, John Krasinski, has already signed up to write.
This isn’t the first time that there has been a huge pay gap between male and female co-stars in Hollywood. Last year, amid the Kevin Spacey sexual assault accusations, he was dropped from the film All the Money in the World and some of the movie’s actors had to return to reshoot scenes. Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million to do just that, while co-star Michelle Williams made just $1,000. And let’s just say that people, famous and not famous, were not happy at all. One of those people was Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain.
I heard for the reshoot she got $80 a day compared to his MILLIONS. Would anyone like to clarify? I really hope that with everything coming to light, she was paid fairly. She’s a brilliant actress and is wonderful in the film. https://t.co/VzGA2ucAjV
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) January 9, 2018
Comedy writer and director Judd Apatow also chimed in, tweeting:
This is so messed up that it is almost hard to believe. Almost. This is how this business works. I wonder if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane. https://t.co/RsunBlOeCk
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 10, 2018
Well, Mark did do something to make the situation better, as he donated his paycheck to the Time’s Up movement. As far as the Jungle Cruise pay gap situation, Disney has not yet commented.