AceShowbiz - Michelle Williams was reportedly paid much less than her co-star Mark Wahlberg for the extensive reshoots on their film "All the Money in the World". Sources with knowledge of the situation have revealed to USA Today that Williams was paid an $80 per diem totaling less than $1000, while Wahlberg received $1.5 million for reshooting his scenes in the Ridley Scott-directed biopic.
Back in November, The Washington Post reported that Wahlberg was paid at least $2 million for ten days of work. Ridley Scott underwent reshoots on the film about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III after Christopher Plummer was hired to replace Kevin Spacey, who was dropped from the film following accusations of sexual misconduct by a number of men.
Williams, who plays the kidnapped boy's mother in the film, previously told USA Today that when Scott's team called her to return to the set, "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."
Scott also said in December that the reshoots which reportedly cost $10 million were possible because "everyone did [them] for nothing." The four-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker revealed that "they all came in free" and that "Christopher had to get paid. But Michelle, no. Me, no."
Following the Tuesday, January 9 report, Williams' close friend Busy Philipps took to Twitter to say, "UNACCEPTABLE. UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TO SAY THE LEAST." The "He's Just Not That Into You" actress said in a follow-up tweet, "SHAMEFUL IS CORRECT."
UNACCEPTABLE. UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TO SAY THE LEAST. https://t.co/KS6hRmE4TA— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) January 10, 2018
SHAMEFUL IS CORRECT. https://t.co/7gyEpmw2Zx— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) January 10, 2018
Before the USA Today story emerged, Williams' fellow actress and member of the Time's Up movement, Jessica Chastain, also expressed her disappointment over the egregious pay gap between Williams and Wahlberg.
"I heard for the reshoot she got $80 a day compared to his MILLIONS. Would anyone like to clarify?" Chastain began. "I really hope that with everything coming to light, she was paid fairly," the "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" actress continued, before praising Williams, "She's a brilliant actress and is wonderful in the film."
I heard for the reshoot she got $80 a day compared to his MILLIONS. Would anyone like to clarify? I really hope that with everything coming to light, she was paid fairly. She's a brilliant actress and is wonderful in the film. https://t.co/VzGA2ucAjV— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) January 9, 2018