Mark Wahlberg reportedly demanded $1.5m before approving Christopher Plummer's casting


The second source, a Hollywood insider, said that Wahlberg's lawyer formally vetoed the Oscar victor in a letter to financiers until his demand for more payment was met.

A person "familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about it" talked to USA Today, saying, "What [Wahlberg] said was, 'I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.' And that's how he (expletive) them", effectively stalling production until his financial requests were met.

She and director Ridley Scott both publicly said that they would return for the reshoots "for free" in order to complete the nine-day reshoot session which would replace controversial star Kevin Spacey with Oscar victor Christopher Plummer.

"I do want to say thank you to the producers for paying Niecy and I the same amount of money and Mark Wahlberg $1 million", Munn said. But according to USA Today, Wahlberg had a clause in his contract that gave him the ability to approve co-stars.

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Although the actor has not commented on the reshoots, before or after this news broke, Williams told USA Today a month ago, "I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. She deserves more than 1% of her male costar's salary", Chastain added. Williams received approximately $1,000 due to SAG per diem rules, but was reportedly uninformed that Wahlberg's team had negotiated for higher pay, despite the fact that she is represented by the same talent agency.

Williams said in multiple interviews while promoting the film that she had agreed to work for free on the reshoot, claiming she felt invigorated to be taking a pro-active stance in the wake of the Spacey allegations while helping Scott save the film. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted.

Williams and Plummer were both nominated for Golden Globes for their performances, and are presumed shoe-ins for Oscar nominations.

This just sheds so much light on how these costars ended up getting paid so differently - but we have yet to hear directly from either actor about the massive gap.