In the past half-day, one story has taken on something of a life of its own – and it is all down to a difference in pay.
The rushed last-minute reshoots in late November on Ridley Scott’s Getty kidnapping drama “All the Money in the World” involved not only the hiring of Christopher Plummer to replace Kevin Spacey, but the bringing back of various crew and cast members including Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg.
That resulted in a cost of $10 million, though during the film’s publicity rounds Scott told USA Today that the undertaking was aided by the fact that the actors involved returned to do their scenes for very little. Scott said:
“The whole reshoot was – in normal terms was expensive but not as expensive as you think. Because of all of them, everyone did it for nothing… I wouldn’t get paid, I refused to get paid. [The actors] all came in free. Christopher had to get paid. But Michelle, no. Me, no. I wouldn’t do that.”
Late yesterday however, USA Today broke the story that Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for reshooting his scenes in the film according to three sources. At the same time, it has been revealed Michelle Williams wasn’t told about this, despite both actors being represented by the same agency William Morris Endeavor, and she was paid an $80 per diem totalling less than $1,000.
That works out to Williams being paid less than 1% of her male co-star, even as she has higher billing than him on the film. Williams previously spoke with the paper about her reaction when Scott’s team called to request her time for the reshoot: “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.”
It has also been revealed The Washington Post had elements of this story back in November and indicated that Wahlberg apparently insisted on and received a much higher sum thanks in part to his team led by manager Stephen Levinson who drives a tough bargain. It’s working out for Wahlberg’s bottom line though, with him being labelled the highest-paid actor of the year back in August.
The pay disparity report arrives as the entertainment industry continues to be rocked by not just sexual misconduct allegations but the exposure of the gender inequality rampant throughout the industry – especially in regards to the differing salaries of male and female actors.