When “All the Money in the World” director Ridley Scott underwent the unprecedented task of refilming large chunks of the movie in order to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer and still release the film in 2017, he told USA Today he was aided by the fact that “everyone did it for nothing.”
“They all came in free,” Scott told the newspaper in an article published in December. “Christopher had to get paid. But Michelle [Williams], no. Me, no.”
According to a Tuesday report from USA Today, that was only partly true. The publication reported that while Williams, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the film, earned $80 per day during the reshoots totaling less than $1,000, Mark Wahlberg’s agents negotiated payment of $1.5 million for the actor’s additional work. Wahlberg and Williams are both represented by the same agency, William Morris Endeavor (WME) Entertainment. Wahlberg’s big payday was first reported by The Washington Post in November. (At the time, the Post reported that Wahlberg earned “at least $2 million for the approximately 10 days of work,” and that the reshoots and new postproduction work, in addition to new marketing materials, would cost “as much as $10 million.”)
It’s unclear how much Williams and Wahlberg originally received for their roles in the film.
In December, Forbes named Wahlberg the most overpaid actor in Hollywood of 2017, noting that the Dorchester native, who was also recently dubbed the highest paid actor in Hollywood with a pretax income of $68 million, only returned an average of $4.40 at the box office for every $1 he earned.
Actors, producers, and critics blasted WME for not representing their clients equally and Wahlberg for “making money off the Spacey scandal.”
Please go see Michelle's performance in All The Money in The World. She's a brilliant Oscar nominated Golden Globe winning actress. She has been in the industry for 20 yrs. She deserves more than 1% of her male costar' s salary. https://t.co/HIniew6lf7
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) January 10, 2018
Outrageously unfair- but it’s always been like this. I was never, ever paid even a quarter of what the male lead received: Wahlberg got $1.5M for 'All the Money' reshoot, Williams paid less than $1,000 https://t.co/LrOjrHVjcp
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) January 10, 2018
This is so messed up that it is almost hard to believe. Almost. This is how this business works. I wonder if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane. https://t.co/RsunBlOeCk
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) January 10, 2018
Michelle Williams is a captivating, brilliant talent. Her willingness to take 1k to fix the film is wholly honorable. Why didn’t @WME protect their client? Because they were too busy leveraging her shitty deal to get Wahlberg more money. Wahlberg packaged Entourage at WME.
— Krumholtz (@mrDaveKrumholtz) January 10, 2018
Honestly the real story is that Wahlberg didn’t mind making money off the Spacey scandal. Which should surprise no one given his history.
— Ira Madison III (@ira) January 10, 2018
According to Sony itself, Michelle Williams is the film's lead actress; Mark Wahlberg is a supporting actor. And the same agency, William Morris, represents both of them. Not good.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) January 10, 2018
How on God's green Earth does Wahlberg not read the room, there? No way he doesn't know everyone else is doing it for free. He makes like $100m a year — how do you not tell your agent to let this one go?
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) January 10, 2018
Before you condemn Wahlberg for this, consider the level of acting talent he’s bringing to this project & then condemn him way more enthusiastically. https://t.co/2t9MxTsXYu
— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) January 10, 2018
A source close to the production says that Sony Pictures Entertainment, which USA Today notes distributed the film, was not involved in talent pay negotiations.
Production company Imperative Entertainment and WME, as well as representatives for Wahlberg, Williams, and Scott, did not return requests for comment.