A decision that initially earned Ridley Scott's All The Money In The World lots of public praise is proving more complicated than Scott probably anticipated. The movie initially featured Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty, the then-richest man in the world. With only two months until the movie premiered, however, allegations surfaced revealing Spacey's sordid past of sexual misconduct. In cutting ties with Spacey, Ridley Scott made what seemed like a smart move: he re-cast Christopher Plumber as Getty and re-shot all the necessary scenes in just over a week.
Replacing one of the film's lead actors with so little time was a bold and perhaps unprecedented feat that people admired. But there was a less admirable side to the process. On Tuesday, January 9, USA Today revealed that, despite Scott's earlier remarks that everyone had done the re-shoots "for nothing," Mark Wahlberg had received a $1.5 million paycheck while his female co-star Michelle Williams (who received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance) received less than $1000.
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. https://t.co/HIniew6lf7— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) January 10, 2018
Michelle Williams is a captivating, brilliant talent. Her willingness to take 1k to fix the film is wholly honorable. Why didn’t @WME protect their client? Because they were too busy leveraging her shitty deal to get Wahlberg more money. Wahlberg packaged Entourage at WME.— Krumholtz (@mrDaveKrumholtz) January 10, 2018
How on God's green Earth does Wahlberg not read the room, there? No way he doesn't know everyone else is doing it for free. He makes like $100m a year -- how do you not tell your agent to let this one go?— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) January 10, 2018
THEY'RE AT THE SAME AGENCY.— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) January 10, 2018
Maybe this isn't the whole story, somehow? If it is, this is criminally stupid.
It's unclear how All the Money In The World's movie studio will handle this debacle, and how Mark Wahlberg will react to the fallout.