Why Mark Wahlberg Got "All the Money" Pay Bump Over Michelle Williams

Mae Love
January 13, 2018

Select scenes were revisited after Christopher Plummer was brought on to replace Kevin Spacey in the role of billionaire J. Paul Getty, who was removed from the film by director Ridley Scott after the allegations against the actor. A source told the newspaper that Wahlberg's contract included a co-star approval clause - and he used that to leverage a big payday.

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 representative for Mark Wahlberg has been contacted for comment. The publication cites two unnamed sources who were familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly about it. According to TMZ's report, the Transformers alum also agreed to redo the scenes with Williams and Spacey's replacement, Christopher Plummer, but he and Scott did not discuss his compensation at the time.

However, after Wahlberg has committed to the reshoots, the actor refused to do the extra work unless he was paid. It's also being reported that Wahlberg requested the hefty paycheck for the reshoot, and that Williams had no knowledge of it.

Both Scott and Williams have spoken about doing the reshoot for free, with Williams telling USA Today last month that she would even give up her Thanksgiving holiday for the reshoots.

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"We are unambiguously in favor of pay equity between men and women in this industry and support every action to move in this direction", said the labor union in a statement.

"At the same time, performers at this level negotiate their above-scale rates through their agents".

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

"I have never been paid the same as my male co-star, ever", Kruger said.

According to The Washington Post, Wahlberg, the highest paid actor of the year, "along with manager Stephen Levinson and agency WME, have a reputation in Hollywood for driving a tough bargain". Did they think this wouldn't come out?

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