After Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual assault last year, the actor was taken off numerous projects from his Master Class to House of Cards. But the one move that made shockwaves was when Ridley Scott decided to reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes in All the Money in the World and replace him with Christopher Plummer. It was a daunting task. And one that proved to be costly. But the film ended up being recognized by many for Scott’s ability to complete the reshoots in nine to ten days, and still release the film on its original release date.
The reshoots were only one part of the story, however. It’s how much the film’s co-stars were paid that is making headlines now. According to various reports, the pay between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg was staggeringly different. The former was only paid a mere $80 dollars per day, while the latter took home a near $2 million paycheck. More on this story below.
The Washington Post says Wahlberg “reaped the awards” of these reshoots and was paid at least $2 million for said reshoots that took approximately 10 days to complete. But if you thought that the days of unequal pay was over, then think again. Golden Globe nominee Jessica Chastain, who is a fierce advocate for women’s rights, brought up the issue of reshoot wage discrepancy:
The Washington Post says that those close to the situation were not authorized to speak about them publicly, and USA Today corroborates that. They add “Wahlberg received $1.5 million while Williams was paid less than $1,000, the total of an $80 per diem.”
Before the cast was called back in for reshoots, they agreed to be paid modestly for their work. Which makes the pay gap between the two so shocking. Williams, Plummer, and fellow co-stars agreed to be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars or less. However, Wahlberg insisted on, and received, a much higher sum for the 10 days of shooting.
Of course, the film was made in response to a toxic situation and needed to be completed in time for its original release. So it makes sense that the wage demands be a bit higher. However, the cast agreed to be paid significantly less and Wahlberg wanted more out of it. No one wants to work for free, and it’s not like the cast went in for the reshoots for no pay. But the idea that Wahlberg made so much more than his fellow co-stars makes all of this look bad.
[Source: The Washington Post l USA Today]