Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Mark Wahlberg reportedly paid way more than Michelle Williams for reshoot

Mark Wahlberg reportedly paid way more than Michelle Williams for reshoot

SAG-AFTRA is looking into reports that Michelle Williams was paid peanuts compared to Mark Wahlberg to re-shoot scenes in All the Money in the World.

According to USA Today, Ms Williams only earned $80 per day, for a total of $US 1000 in to reshoot the film, while Mr Wahlberg received a whopping $US1.5 million.

Again as is typical, the main woman involved - Williams - realized what she needed to do to help salvage the project.

Williams and Wahlberg are both represented by William Morris Endeavor talent agency. According to people briefed on the matter, she quickly agreed to return when approached about Scott's proposal, the New York Times said.

"I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me", she told USA Today at the time. As per reports, for the 9-day shoot, the actor was paid Rs 9.5 crore ($1.5 million). And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. "And I'll give you my Thanksgiving break, if that would help.' And they, to their credit, they only took my Thanksgiving break", Williams said. The filmmaker, cast and crew raced to reshoot scenes in November (17) in an ambitious attempt to keep to the movie's December release schedule, and Michelle confesses it was her daughter, Matilda, who pushed her to go back to work over the USA holiday. "Everyone did it for nothing", he said, adding, "I refused to get paid". "It's just been such a unusual saga of highs and lows and ups and downs", continued the actress, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for the film.

The revelations first reported in USA Today about the massive compensation gap between Williams and Wahlberg have set off another firestorm in the industry over gender inequality, especially after Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards.

All the Money in the World is based on the real-life kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and his mother Gail (Williams) attempt to convince his billionaire grandfather (Plummer) to pay the ransom. Now, it has been revealed why and how Wahlberg was paid so much more than Williams and, the answer isn't in the least bit comforting.

The Washington Post reported in November the pay disparity for the reshoot and noted that "Wahlberg, along with manager Stephen Levinson and agency WME, have a reputation in Hollywood for driving a tough bargain".

If Scott and Williams were working on flat deals that pay the same even if a shoot goes longer than expected, their unions - the DGA and SAG-AFTRA - probably wouldn't be able to claim a contract violation.

CNNMoney has reached out to for Wahlberg and Williams' representatives for comment.

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