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After Spacey faced a cascade of sexual assault allegations, director Ridley Scott recut the film with actor Christopher Plummer less than two months before its scheduled release. Scott said publicly that everyone involved in the reshoots did so without additional compensation.
Prominent Hollywood stars expressed shock after learning that Michelle Williams, the female lead of All the Money in the World, was paid less than 0.1 per cent of the $1.5 million fee given to Mark Wahlberg, a supporting actor, to reshoot scenes for the film. The second was the idea that actresses (and all women) should negotiate aggressively for equal compensation.
It's just one more case study of Hollywood's persistent gender pay gap.
Kevin Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer only one month before the film was set to hit theatres previous year, after sexual harassment allegations emerged.
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The producers' failure to pay Williams more than her per diem might have been an insidious attempt to take advantage of a woman.
Although several actors with small parts, including Timothy Hutton, had agreed to return for reshoots for minimum pay, Wahlberg was not one of them, according to the people briefed on the negotiations.
Publicists for Wahlberg and Williams did not respond to requests for comment.
Most contracts with actors include a certain number of reshoot days as a routine stipulation.
"At the same time, performers at this level negotiate their above-scale rates through their agents", a SAG-AFTRA representative said. But these are details: Clearly, the reshoots did not actually depend on everyone working for nothing.
The problem here isn't that Williams failed to lean in enough. She also wanted to ensure the well-being of her colleagues. Her haul wouldn't even earn her a place on the men's top 10 list. Doing the right thing doesn't always mean that someone has to give up something. "It's a demand for fair practices".
The film "All the Money in the World" didn't live up to its title when it came to paying actress Michelle Williams - an uncomfortable revelation at a time when Hollywood is still trying to find its footing in treating women fairly, experts say. Christopher had to get paid.