The biggest controversy surrounding Ridley Scott's latest movie used to be the replacement of disgraced actor Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer. Now, new commotion surrounding All the Money in the World, with USA Today reporting a good portion of the money in the reshoot budget went to Mark Wahlberg, not co-star Michelle Williams. Sources say that after the Spacey-Plummer swap, Wahlberg received $1.5 million in the scramble to reshoot his scenes, while Williams racked up less than $1,000 from her $80 per diem—0.07% of Wahlberg's take. Both actors are repped by the William Morris Endeavor agency. Scott told USA Today last month the $10 million reshoot was possible only because "everyone did it for nothing" and "they all came in for free." However, behind the scenes, Wahlberg's team had scooped up the big fee for him, and Williams apparently had no clue.
Both moviegoers and fellow stars railed against the news underscoring Hollywood's gender pay gap, HuffPost reports; it also notes that, looking carefully at the December USA Today interview, Scott never mentions Wahlberg's name in the "working for free" column. An entertainment writer points out Williams is considered the film's lead actress, while Wahlberg is a supporting actor. Actress Amber Tamblyn deemed the news "totally unacceptable," while director Judd Apatow tweeted, "This is so messed up that it is almost hard to believe. Almost. This is how this business works." He then added: "I wonder if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane." Others online agree, saying the award-winning Williams should get a retroactive fee. Newsweek notes that Wahlberg was named the highest-paid actor in the world in an August Forbes article, making $68 million in 2017. (Read more Mark Wahlberg stories.)