Ridley Scott's Getty kidnapping biopic, All the Money in the World, has been widely praised for doing what seemed basically impossible: editing disgraced actor Kevin Spacey out of the finished film and replacing him with actor Christopher Plummer a month before its release.
The move was completely unprecedented and seemed to be made possible only because of the dedication of the film's cast and crew. In an interview with USA Today last month, Scott praised his team for coming back to work for free, saying that he and the actors "did [the reshoots] for nothing." Now, it looks like Scott's statement wasn't entirely true.
Multiple sources told USA Today recently that All the Money in the World actor Mark Wahlberg actually negotiated a $1.5 million payout for the reshoots—while his co-star, Michelle Williams, made an $80 per diem, totaling less than $1,000.
According to USA Today, Williams was unaware that she was being paid less than 1 percent of her male co-star's fee for the same reshoots. The actress previously said that she offered to do the reshoots for free because she appreciated Scott's "massive effort" in response to Spacey's numerous sexual assault allegations.
"I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me," Williams said in the same December interview. "And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted."
The news of the massive pay gap is a strange twist in the otherwise successful story of the film, which earned Christopher Plummer a Golden Globe nomination. Molly's Game star Jessica Chastain responded to the news on Twitter, writing that Williams is "a brilliant Oscar-nominated [and] Golden Globe-winning actress" who "deserves more than 1% of her male costar's salary."
"This is so messed up that it is almost hard to believe," director Judd Apatow wrote in his own tweet. "Almost."