Actor Matt Smith, who plays Prince Philip on the hit Netflix show "The Crown," better run and hide, because he's about to get the Mark Wahlberg treatment from the feminists, who just discovered he earned more money than his co-star Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II.
According to the Huffington Post, "producers of the Netflix series admitted during an INTV conference panel that the show’s lead, Claire Foy, was paid less than Matt Smith, the actor playing her on-screen husband." Foy received an estimated $40,000 per episode while Smith's salary remains unreported.
Similar to the Mark Wahlberg situation, in which he received a staggering $1.5 million in reshoots for the movie "All The Money In The World" while his co-star Michelle Williams received just $80 per diem, it might be tempting to look at the numbers and cry "misogyny," but once you read between the lines, the numbers are appropriate. Like Wahlberg, the highest-grossing star of 2017, one of the reasons Smith received more money than Foy was because of his work on "Doctor Who," which bolstered his star factor among British audiences.
But never mind that. This is 2018, right? Where feminist logic (which is to say none at all) dictates that women receive equal pay regardless of the circumstance. Suzanne Mackie, creative director of the show’s production company, Left Bank, promises the mishap will never happen again.
“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” Mackie said, according to Variety.
Mackie can say that, but it's empty rhetoric because both Claire Foy and Matt Smith will not be returning for another season of "The Crown"; the two leads will be replaced by another set of actors to portray them in their older years. As of now, “Broadchurch” alum Olivia Coleman will play Queen Elizabeth while Smith's replacement has yet to be named.
Should Netflix snag a name like Jude Law or Hugh Laurie or Gary Oldman to play Prince Philip, there is no way in Hades that kind of name-recognition will be getting paid less.