AFTRA Looking Into 'All The Money In The World' Pay Disparity Claims

Posted January 12, 2018

In November a year ago, it was reported that Wahlberg was paid at least $2 million for ten days of work.

Christopher Plummer in a scene from "All the Money in the World". Williams, a multiple Oscar nominee, told the publication that she did indeed agree to that.

In December, Scott told USA Today that all the actors, minus Plummer, "came in free" and agreed to work for nothing.

It's unclear whether Williams, who is represented by the same talent agency as Wahlberg but has a different agent, would have made the same decision had she known that her male co-star was pulling in $1.5 million for the reshoot. "I refused to get paid", Scott said, but "Christopher had to get paid, but Michelle, no".

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. The pay gap has been the subject of particularly intense attention in Hollywood since 2014, when a major hack of emails from Sony made clear that Jennifer Lawrence had been paid less than her male co-stars in "American Hustle". Once Wahlberg committed and everyone else followed, his reps reportedly pointed out that he wasn't required to do reshoots and demanded more money.

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Williams previously told USA TODAY that when Scott's team called to request her time for the reshoot, "I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me". Williams, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in "All the Money in the World", walked the red carpet with Tarana Burke, senior director of the nonprofit Girls for Gender Equity and the founder of the #MeToo movement.

Scott realized that all the hard work put forth by hundreds of people, including lower-paid actors and crew members, would never see the light of day if the film was shelved.

The new footage was necessary after Christopher Plummer was brought in to the Ridley Scott-directed movie to replace Kevin Spacey, who was sacked amid allegations of past sexual misconduct. Reshoots are complicated in production, based on matters like contract days and talent's willingness to participate.

"We can not let one person's behavior affect the good work of all of these other people", Scott said at the time. 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. "Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort".

Scott, producer-financier of Imperative Entertainment and distributor Sony Pictures, and WME have not commented on the matter. Her haul wouldn't even earn her a place on the men's top 10 list.