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Mark Wahlberg reportedly refused to approve Christopher Plummer without his $1.5m fee

Co-star Michelle Williams was paid less than $1,000 to reshoot scenes to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer in the film

Clarisse Loughrey
Friday 12 January 2018 12:23
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A controversy over fees for All the Money in the World's reshoots has sparked a deep discussion on the dynamics of the gender pay gap.

Select scenes were revisited after Christopher Plummer was brought on to replace Kevin Spacey in the role of billionaire J. Paul Getty, who was removed from the film by director Ridley Scott after the allegations against the actor.

However, it was revealed that Mark Wahlberg received $1.5m (£1.1m) to reshoot his scenes, while co-star Michelle Williams was paid less than $1,000, taking an $80 per diem fee instead. That works out to Williams being paid less than one-tenth of 1% of her male co-star.

The USA Today has now reported that Wahlberg refused to approve Plummer as a replacement unless his fee was secured, having had co-star approval written into his contract, two people familiar with the situation but not authorised to speak publicly told the publication.

Another insider claims the actor's lawyer formally vetoed Plummer in a letter to financiers until his demands for payment had been met.

Williams had reportedly not been told by her agent WME, who also represent Wahlberg, about the actor's fee. She had previously said of the reshoot: "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."

A representative for Mark Wahlberg has been contacted for comment. His agency WME had no comment.

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