According to a USA Today report on Tuesday, when Ridley Scott chose to reshoot scenes in the $40 million thriller in order to cut out Kevin Spacey, who originally played billionaire J. Paul Getty, replacing him with new scenes featuring Christopher Plummer, Wahlberg was paid an additional $1.5 million to return to the set, while Williams received just a per diem allowance of about $1,000 for the extra shooting days. "Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort".
Hollywood is outraged at the pay disparity, with many taking to social media to voice their fury. Michelle Williams is an independent film darling, but has not headlined blockbusters like Wahlberg, who has successfully taken over the Transformers franchise and was 2017's highest-paid actor, Forbes reports.
Another anonymous source said Wahlberg's lawyers sent a letter to the film's financiers opposing Plummer's addition until payment was met.
While the film's director Ridley Scott claimed none of the actors were paid for the reshoot, reports stated Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million dollars for the work, with Williams paid $1,000. "She's a brilliant Oscar-nominated Golden Globe-winning actress", raged indignant United States actress Jessica Chastain on Twitter. Scott previously told USA Today that he "refused to get paid" for the reshoots, adding that the actors "did it for nothing". In November, it was announced that Christopher Plummer would replace Kevin Spacey in the film, which required Plummer and the cast and crew to quickly reassemble in London for reshoots, a risky move that ultimately saved a movie that nearly immediately after earned Golden Globe nominations for director Ridley Scott, and actors Christopher Plummer and Michelle Williams. The Post, citing sources close to the negotiations, reported then that Wahlberg was paid at least $2 million for approximately 10 days of work. It's also rumored that director Ridley Scott is upset by the news about Wahlberg's big payday, since he and Williams both completed the film for very little additional compensation. WME's other co-CEO, Patrick Whitesell, represents Williams. "She deserves more than 1% of her male co-star's salary", Ms Chastain tweeted.
"They could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted", she said of the production team at the time. If Williams' agents had asked the producers to guarantee equal pay rates for everyone involved, "All The Money In The World" would have avoided a round of bad press, and Scott and his colleagues would have gotten double credit. Wahlberg's stipulated that he was not required to do reshoots, while Williams was, according to The Wrap.
Spokesmen for Imperative, William Morris Endeavor and Sony Pictures, which distributed "All the Money in the World", declined to comment for this article.