Reports that Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million to reshoot his scenes for All the Money in the World while Michelle Williams earned less than 1% of that for the same work have raised eyebrows in Hollywood and across the country.
USA TODAY: "The crew, of course, did get paid?"
Ridley Scott partially re-shot his latest movie after Kevin Spacey was sacked due to sexual misconduct allegations, with both Wahlberg and Williams called back to act opposite Spacey's replacement, Christopher Plummer. The original film was completed in October and the amendments required about 10 days of work, but it still made its Christmas release date.
Last year, Forbes Magazine named Wahlberg Hollywood's highest paid actor. The drama about John Paul Getty III's kidnapping first started receiving attention when it was announced that Kevin Spacey would be digitally replaced by Christopher Plummer, a role that Plummer received a Golden Globe nomination for.
Reactions on social media are critical, especially in light of the recent Golden Globes, in which Williams was nominated for her role in All the Money in the World. Both actors are represented by the William Morris Endeavor Agency, who has yet to make a statement.
Director Ridley Scott previously told the Daily News that he made the decision to remove Spacey "immediately". He is known for "driving a tough bargain" according to The Washington Post.
Scott said in subsequent interviews that returning cast appeared in the reshoots for free and only Plummer was paid.
The Brokeback Mountain star said she wanted to be as accommodating as possible in order to facilities the reshoots, saying she "appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort".
The large pay gap between Williams and Wahlberg drew the attention of many online. "Actors pay a team of agents, managers and lawyers an average of 10% of their salaries to advocate for them".
"It further shows the reason why these kinds of movements are needed to bring attention to the injustices and the disparities that exist between the genders, the staggering pay gap that exists across every business discipline", she said.
The ceremony highlighted the Time's Up initiative, which seeks to take action on sexual harassment and inequality in the workplace.