Why Mark Wahlberg Got ‘All the Money in the World’ for Reshoots and Michelle Williams Didn’t


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Mark Wahlberg received $1.5 million to take part in reshoots for “All the Money in the World,” while Michelle Williams got next to nothing. And while that strikes many as a clear-case of sexism, it just comes down to their contracts, TheWrap has learned.

Williams received only a per diem of $80 a day, as USA Today first reported. Her contract required her to do reshoots, which turned out to be much more extensive than planned because director Ridley Scott re-cast disgraced actor Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer.

Wahlberg received more than 100 times as much money as she did because reshoots were not in his contract, according to an individual with knowledge of the deal. It’s no surprise that Wahlberg’s agent, Ari Emanuel, demanded top dollar for Wahlberg’s time: Their dynamic inspired Wahlberg’s series “Entourage,” in which an Emanuel’s-inspired agent’s ruthlessness is a running gag.

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© TheWrap All The Money in the World Michelle WilliamsEmanuel, Wahlberg’s agent, is also co-CEO of WME. The company’s other co-CEO, Patrick Whitesell, represents Williams.

It’s also worth noting that Wahlberg’s character has many more scenes with J. Paul Getty (Plummer). The reshoots cost about $10 million in all, according to USA Today.

Prior to production, the film was financed through foreign pre-sales, the insider told TheWrap. Wahlberg, Forbes’ highest-paid actor for 2017, took a massive pay cut to star in the film, which is gunning for awards. That’s a common move for action stars looking to add more prestige to their IMDB profiles.

The insider said Wahlberg earned more for reshoots because he had lowered his fee and is one of the biggest draws worldwide.

WME, the agency representing both Wahlberg and Williams, did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. Reps for both actors did not respond to requests for comment.

Scott said in a previous interview that the returning cast members appeared in the reshoots for free and that only Plummer was paid.

“No, I wouldn’t get paid, I refused to get paid,” Scott said, adding about the actors: “No, they all came in free. Christopher had to get paid. But Michelle, no. Me, no.”

Williams previously told USA Today: “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.”

The pay disparity set of a flurry of criticism on Twitter that this was yet another example of gender inequity in Hollywood. 

Please go see Michelle’s performance in All The Money in The World. She’s a brilliant Oscar nominated Golden Globe winning actress. She has been in the industry for 20 yrs. She deserves more than 1% of her male costar’ s salary.

— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) January 10, 2018

Exposing the gross disparity in pay & hard evidence of the gender gap— negotiated by the SAME agents no less! — isn’t a witch hunt. It’s a demand for fair practices. One person suggesting he step up for a costar, or women in general, is just a suggestion. Not a Putin-level order.

— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) January 10, 2018

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