All the Money in the World is at the centre of controversy once again.
This time, it’s because of the colossal pay cap between its leading stars.
According to USA Today, Mark Wahlberg was paid a whopping $1.5 million for the recent reshoots which saw former-star Kevin Spacey replaced by Christopher Plummer. But it looks as though his co-star Michelle Williams didn’t earn anywhere near as much.
“Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for reshooting his scenes in All the Money in the World,” they revealed, according to three sources close to production. “Michelle Williams was paid an $80 per diem totalling less than $1,000.”
Essentially, this meant that Williams was paid less than 1% of her male co-star.
Of course, All the Money in the World has been in the spotlight recently due to these very reshoots – replacing Kevin Spacey (who is currently accused of multiple counts of sexual misconduct) with veteran actor, Christopher Plummer.
And in an earlier interview, director Ridley Scott claimed that the actors did it for free.
“The whole reshoot was – in normal terms was expensive but not as expensive as you think,” he told USA Today. “Because all of them, everyone did it for nothing… I wouldn’t get paid, I refused to get paid… they all came in free. Christopher had to get paid. But Michelle, no. Me, no. I wouldn’t do that…”
Interestingly, Ridley Scott never specifically makes mention of Mark Wahlberg doing the reshoots for free.
Now, it looks as though Wahlberg’s team negotiated a pretty hefty fee for those reshoots, and it’s also reported that Michelle Williams was never told. The worst part? They’re both repped by the same agency – William Morris Endeavor – who have yet to comment.
But Hollywood is already ablaze at the obvious gender pay gap.
And you can hardly blame them.
It certainly sounds as though Oscar winning actress Michelle Williams has been done a disservice… and with a stellar performance that’s being lauded by critics, it ‘s obvious that she deserved far more than the paltry sum paid to her.
Either way, the two actors’ pay should not have been so far apart.
And Mark Wahlberg certainly has some explaining to do.
All the Money in the World stars Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer.
Ridley Scott directed the movie, based on a script by David Scarpa.
All the Money in the World opened in cinemas on