Star Mark Wahlberg was reportedly paid a fee of $1.5 million for the reshoot, while lead Michelle Williams was paid a paltry $1,000 - less than one percent of Wahlberg's fee. Several sources came forward to reveal to USA Today, who broke the original story on the actors' dramatic pay gap, that Wahlberg, who built in "co-star approval" into his contract, would not endorse Spacey replacement Christopher Plummer unless he was paid over a million dollars.
A source claimed: "What [Wahlberg] said was, 'I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.' And that's how he f-- them". His agency WME had no comment.
The complicating factor. Wahlberg and Williams are both repped by William Morris Endeavor. "I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I'm donating the $1.5 million to the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams' name", Wahlberg said.
Wiliams has also been quoted as saying about the re-shoot, "I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me".
Scott, Williams and Plummer were all nominated for Golden Globe awards; Plummer is nominated for a British Film Academy award for his work on the film.
The decision came less than a month before the planned release of the film, so the reshoots were organised hastily and depended on the cast effectively dropping whatever they were doing and agreeing to participate.
Pay discrepancies are sadly nothing new in the entertainment business, or anywhere really, but they rarely get this egregious. She eventually agreed to do it for pennies. she got $80 per diem and that's it. "But Michelle, no. Me, no". The reshoots occurred because of a sea of sexual misconduct and inequality in Hollywood.
'Everyone did it for nothing, ' he told USA Today.
Williams said she brought Burke as her date so she could listen to her talk. "I wonder if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane", he wrote.