- Actress Michelle Williams was reportedly paid less than 1% of co-star Mark Wahlberg’s salary for a 10-day re-shoot on “All the Money in the World.”
- It comes after director Ridley Scott claimed nobody was paid for the re-shoot, in which Christopher Plummer replaced disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.
- Hollywood figures were shocked at the pay gap reported by USA Today.
“All The Money In The World” star Michelle Williams was paid less than $US1,000 (£730) for a 10-day reshoot of the film, while co-star Mark Wahlberg made $US1.5 million (£1.1 million), according to USA Today.
In November, director Ridley Scott and studio Imperative Entertainment cut actor Kevin Spacey out of the already completed film over sexual misconduct allegations. He was replaced by Christopher Plummer.
Spacey had originally been cast as billionaire J. Paul Getty in the kidnapping drama. All scenes featuring the disgraced actor were reshot over 10 days, costing Imperative $US10 million, according to USA Today. The film still made its December 22 release.
In December, Scott told USA Today that “everyone did it for nothing.” He told The Guardian the same thing on Sunday.
“The whole reshoot was – in normal terms was expensive but not as expensive as you think. Because all of them, everyone did it for nothing,” Scott told USA Today.
“I wouldn’t get paid, I refused to get paid.” He added that the actors “came in free,” and while Plummer “had to get paid,” Michelle was not.
But USA Today now claims that “Wahlberg’s team negotiated a hefty fee” for the reshoot, while Williams, who is represented by the same agency, William Morris Endeavour (WME), wasn’t told about it. It based the report on “three people familiar with the situation but not authorised to speak publicly about it.”
The news comes after Hollywood stars wore black to the Golden Globes on Sunday to take a stand against sexual harassment and for gender equality as a part of the “Time’s Up” initiative, of which Williams is a founding member.
“This is so messed up”
Wahlberg was named the highest-paid actor of 2017 by Forbes in August, with his pre-tax and pre-fee earnings coming in at $US68 million. He is known for “driving a tough bargain” according to The Washington Post.
Meanwhile, Williams had previously told USA Today: “I said I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort.”
A number of Hollywood actors have spoken out against the reported “All The Money In The World” pay gap on Twitter. Jessica Chastain, who said:
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
Please go see Michelle's performance in All The Money in The World. She's a brilliant Oscar nominated Golden Globe winning actress. She has been in the industry for 20 yrs. She deserves more than 1% of her male costar' s salary. https://t.co/HIniew6lf7
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) January 10, 2018
“Knocked Up” director Judd Apatow added:
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
Representatives for Wahlberg, Williams, WME, Sony, Imperative Entertainment, and Scott did not respond to USA Today’s requests for comment.