In the aftermath of serious allegations against Kevin Spacey, Ridley Scott took the bold and fast decision to drop him from the already completed All The Money In The World, and reshot all the scenes with Christopher Plummer taking over Spacey’s role in the film. As such, the cast and crew had to quickly come back together and they did the work in a matter of weeks, somehow without affecting the film’s release date.
But it turns out that there was a significant disparity in who got paid for what.
Michelle Williams, who gives arguably the best performance in the film, apparently took home less than $1,000 for the reshoot work, essentially an $80 per diem, as per a report in USA Today. Mark Wahlberg, however, was reported to have been paid over a thousand times more, at $1.5 million.
Ridley Scott had insisted that he refused to take money for the extra work, and that the core cast were on a minimum ‘per diem’ rate. But according to the USA Today report, Wahlberg’s team negotiated the extra money. Whether Wahlberg himself was involved with that isn’t clear, but Michelle Williams was apparently not told that Wahlberg was getting paid that amount.
In fact, Ms. Williams had previously said that “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.”
There’s been no comment forthcoming thus far from any of those involved in the story. If this is true, it’s pretty much beyond belief, and it’s yet another indicator of the wider problems in the industry.