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Outrage Surfaces As Reports Of Actress Michelle William Receiving Less Than 1% Of Co-Stars Pay From 10 Day Reshoot

“All The Money In The World” star Michelle Williams was paid less than $1,000 (£730) for a 10-day reshoot of the film, while co-star Mark Wahlberg made $1.5 million (£1.1 million), according to USA Today.

In November, director Ridley Scott and studio Imperative Entertainment cut actor Kevin Spacey out of the already completed film over sexual misconduct allegations. He was replaced by Christopher Plummer.

Spacey had originally been cast as billionaire J. Paul Getty in the kidnapping drama. All scenes featuring the disgraced actor were reshot over 10 days, costing Imperative $10 million, according to USA Today. The film still made its December 22 release.

In December, Scott told USA Today that “everyone did it for nothing.” He told The Guardian the same thing on Sunday.

“The whole reshoot was — in normal terms was expensive but not as expensive as you think. Because all of them, everyone did it for nothing,” Scott told USA Today.

“I wouldn’t get paid, I refused to get paid.” He added that the actors “came in free,” and while Plummer “had to get paid,” Michelle was not.

But USA Today now claims that “Wahlberg’s team negotiated a hefty fee” for the reshoot, while Williams, who is represented by the same agency, William Morris Endeavor (WME), wasn’t told about it. It based the report on “three people familiar with the situation but not authorised to speak publicly about it.”

The news comes after Hollywood stars wore black to the Golden Globes on Sunday to take a stand against sexual harassment and for gender equality as a part of the “Time’s Up” initiative, of which Williams is a founding member.

“This is so messed up”

Wahlberg was named the highest-paid actor of 2017 by Forbes in August, with his pre-tax and pre-fee earnings coming in at $68 million. He is known for “driving a tough bargain” according to The Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Williams had previously told USA Today: “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.”

A number of Hollywood actors have spoken out against the reported “All The Money In The World” pay gap on Twitter. Jessica Chastain, who said:

“Knocked Up” director Judd Apatow added:

 

by Alison Millington

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