Michelle Williams pay gap: Scott 'betrayed, angry'

Publish Date
Friday, 12 January 2018, 1:13PM

Fresh new details have emerged about the shocking pay gap that's left many in Hollywood fuming.

According to Deadline, actors' union SAG-AFTRA is now investigating reports that Michelle Williams was paid just $US80 ($111) per day to reshoot scenes for All The Money In The World, whereas co-star Mark Wahlberg reportedly got paid $200,000 ($279,000) per day.

The new footage was necessary to purge disgraced actor Kevin Spacey from the movie, replacing him instead with Christopher Plummer.

"We're looking into it," a source told Deadline, while an official spokesman said: "We are unambiguously in favour of pay equity between men and women in this industry and support every action to move in this direction. At the same time, performers at this level negotiate their above-scale rates through their agents. As it relates to this matter, you should talk to their representatives."

Both actors are represented by the same agency.

The publication also claims that before any of the reshoots had been scheduled, Wahlberg's eagerness to work with director Ridley Scott had seen him take an 80 per cent pay cut on his usual salary of $US15 million (or more) per movie.

Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Wahlberg had producers "over a barrel" when he demanded $US1.5 million to reshoot scenes, and that his representative told them the star "never" works for free.

The website also reports that Williams was the first actor approached about cutting Spacey from the movie, and she was quick to agree, while Wahlberg signed on and negotiated the extra money later.

Just last month, the director told news.com.au that no one — including himself — had been paid for the extra work.

"So, I got on the phone to the cast. I said, 'Will you come back [and reshoot]?' They said, 'Absolutely.' I said, 'For how much?' They said, 'For free.' Everyone came back for nothing. That indicates how strong the feeling was. And by the way, there was no persuasion on my part whatsoever," Scott said.

Given the new information, he now feels "betrayed and angry", according to TMZ .

All The Money In The World was nominated for three Golden Globes (Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Plummer, Best Director for Ridley Scott and Best Performance by an Actress for Michelle Williams) but didn't win any at the awards on Sunday.

But the salary discrepancy was a much-talked-about issue after the Globes, thanks to a tweet from Melissa Silverstein, the founder of Women and Hollywood.

"On the day after display of female power at the #goldenglobes, I learned that there was an egregious pay gap between Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg for the All The Money In The World reshoot," Silverstein tweeted.

"Did they think this wouldn't come out? Unacceptable #TimesUp"