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Hollywood stars tweet fury over Michelle Williams pay scandal

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All The Money In The World famously had to bring back Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg and more stars when Christopher Plummer was hired to reshoot Kevin Spacey’s scenes last year – but it seems that not all were paid the same.

The critically-acclaimed film abruptly cut ties with Kevin Spacey when a number of sexual misconduct allegations were levelled against him, and the role was recast with Christopher Plummer.

Reshoots with Plummer began in late November 2017 in order to meet the film’s planned release date in December, and while director Ridley Scott has claimed that Williams and Wahlberg flew to Europe and worked for free on the secondary shoot, Chastain and Women & Hollywood founder Melissa Silverstein have now alleged that this wasn’t the case.

“I heard for the reshoot she got $80 a day compared to his MILLIONS. Would anyone like to clarify?” wrote Chastain.

“I really hope that with everything coming to light, she was paid fairly. She’s a brilliant actress and is wonderful in the film.”

Silverstein added: “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. Did they think this wouldn’t come out?

“Unacceptable.”

Both Wahlberg and Williams are represented by the same Hollywood talent agency, William Morris Endeavor – which means that, if this discrepancy is true, the same agency negotiated very different compensation packages for the two actors.

So it’s unsurprising to learn that a number of A-listees, including Amber Tamblyn and Williams’ best friend Busy Philipps, have now taken to Twitter to let WME know that this pay disparity is simply unacceptable.

The discrepancy over reshoot pay on the film dates back to a Washington Post story in late November, which reported that Wahlberg had been paid $2 million for 10 days of reshoots, while the other actors, including Williams, earned figures of “hundreds of thousands of dollars or less.”

It has now seemingly been confirmed by USA Today, which reports that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for reshooting his scenes in All the Money in the World, while Williams was paid an $80 per diem totalling less than $1,000.

That works out to Williams being paid less than 1% of her male co-star.

In December, USA Today quoted Ridley Scott as saying that Wahlberg and Williams did their reshoots for free.

“Everyone did it for nothing,” Scott said. “They all came in for free.”

In an interview with the same publication, Williams seemed unaware of the rumours that her male co-star was being paid for the reshoot. Indeed, she revealed that she had been more than happy to work for less than normal, as she knew it was vital that Spacey be removed from the film.

“I said I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort”.

There’s been no comment forthcoming thus far from any of those involved in the story.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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