Actor Christopher Plummer replaced Spacey in the role of billionaire Jean Paul Getty in the film based on the real-life kidnapping of Getty's grandson John Paul Getty III. The disclosure prompted instant outrage.
The news comes after Hollywood stars wore black to the Golden Globes on Sunday to take a stand against sexual harassment and for gender equality as a part of the "Time's Up" initiative, of which Williams is a founding member. But with the film's survival on the line, she agreed to take far less: the union-designated rate of $80 per day, which worked out to less than $1,000 for the 10 days of reshoots. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. The matter was highlighted after Melissa Silverste (Founder of Women and Hollywood) said, "On the day after display of female power at the #goldenglobes, I learned that there was an egregious pay gap between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg for the All the Money in the World reshoot". I had to break the news to my family and tell them I wasn't going be home [for the holidays] and make alternate arrangements for them. "She has been in the industry for 20 yrs".
According to the outlet, his team negotiated the reshoot fee. He asked his primary agent, Doug Lucterhand, to push for more money.
The Wrap offered a slightly different version of how the massive pay gap occurred, saying that Wahlberg, too, was eager to do the reshoots but his contract didn't require him to do necessary reshoots. 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 finished film was set to be released in theaters on December 25.
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Imperative Entertainment, the company that produced it, ultimately agreed to US$1.5 million.
Representatives for Wahlberg, Williams, WME, Sony, Imperative Entertainment, and Scott did not respond to USA Today's requests for comment.
Individual client contracts are not always discussed between agents who work at the same agency. Agents generally work for a 10 percent cut of the payments they secure.
Specific actresses have spoken out about the plethora of ways women are undermined and not valued in their industry. "If Hollywood is to achieve the systemic change brought about by the revelations of the last several months, one thing it must address is the economic disparity between men and women".