Michelle Williams earned 99pc less than Mark Wahlberg for film reshoot

Peter Castro
January 11, 2018

USA TODAY: "You didn't pay the actors more to do it?"

Michelle Williams was paid less than 1 percent of what her costar Mark Wahlberg made in order to reshoot the film, according to a report published by USA Today.

Sexual misconduct allegations against the film's former star, Kevin Spacey, led to a last-minute shakeup, with Christopher Plummer taking on his role and Wahlberg and Williams returning to the set for extensive reshoots, which Scott claimed were done for free. It was also nominated for three Golden Globes this year, including a Best Actress nomination for Michelle, Best Director for Ridley Scott, and Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Plummer.

Produced by Imperative Entertainment and distributed by Sony's TriStar Pictures, "All the Money in the World" recounts the 1973 kidnapping and ransoming of J. P. Getty III, grandson of J. Paul Getty.

Those close to the production have argued to Deadline that the pay disparity wasn't a gender issue, rather that the unprecedented reshoots to meet a December 25 theatrical release forced a rush situation. Scott told the newspaper then, "Everyone did it for nothing". He told The Guardian the same thing on Sunday.

Reshooting sections of a movie is always expensive, but that was especially true for All the Money in the World. "Because all of them, everyone did it for nothing", Scott told USA Today.

"I really hope that with everything coming to light, she was paid fairly", she tweeted.

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"We're looking into it", said a source at the actors union, who noted that the guild's contract only covers minimums that actors can be paid.

However, as the Washington Post reported in November, Wahlberg's team, known for driving a tough bargain, managed to negotiate the notable payout.

Chastain also took to Twitter, writing: "I heard for the reshoot she got $80 a day compared to his MILLIONS. Actors pay a team of agents, managers and lawyers an average of 10% of their salaries to advocate for them".

Filmmaker Judd Apatow called the news "almost hard to believe", but added that he wondered "if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane".

Ridley Scott claimed in a recent interview that he did the reshoots for All the Money in the World for free as did the rest of the cast.

Hollywood was abuzz Wednesday with chatter about a report that said actress Michelle Williams received less than 1% of Mark Wahlberg's paycheck for reshoots of their film, "All the Money in the World".

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