The massive pay gap between co-stars for the All the Money in the World reshoot came after Mark Wahlberg and his agent played hardball with producers, telling them they could either cough up $1.5 million or keep Kevin Spacey in the movie, insiders say. Sources tell USA Today that Wahlberg's contract included co-star approval, and he refused to approve Christopher Plummer as a replacement for the disgraced Spacey unless there was a hefty payday involved. "What he said was, 'I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me,'" one insider says. "And that's how he (expletive) them." Co-star Michelle Williams did the reshoot for the $80 per diem rate, making less than $1,000.
Sources tell TMZ that Wahlberg's reps told the movie's financiers that he "never works for free"—and that director Ridley Scott, who said actors were working for free to reshoot the Spacey scenes with Plummer, felt "betrayed and angry" when he discovered the truth. A source tells the Wrap that Wahlberg was able to demand more than 1,000 times as much as his co-star because his contract included reshoots and Williams' contract didn't. USA Today's sources dispute that, however, saying both stars had reshoots in their contracts and they were in Europe filming over Thanksgiving week for the same number of days. The Williams Morris Endeavor agency, which represents both stars, declined to comment. (Read more Mark Wahlberg stories.)