'All The Money in The World' Triggers Wage Gap Debate

'All The Money in The World' Triggers Wage Gap Debate

Director Ridley Scott made a decision to reshoot scenes from "All the Money in the World" that included Kevin Spacey after the Oscar-winning actor was accused of sexual harassment and assault.

"We're looking into it", said a source at the actors union, who noted that the guild's contract only covers minimums that actors can be paid. The pay disparity also reflects poorly on William Morris Endeavor, the agency that represents Williams, Wahlberg and Scott. Detailing how the negotiations for the reshoot went down, the sources revealed that Williams was the first to be approached by a producer, not Scott. WME's other co-CEO, Patrick Whitesell, represents Williams. According to a further report in USA Today, Wahlberg also had co-star approval and would not approve Plummer's casting until his salary demand was met.

The news broke in early November that filmmaker Ridley Scott would be recasting and reshooting Spacey's role in All the Money in the World just six weeks before its planned release, as multiple allegations of sexual misconduct mounted against Spacey. He had the ability to negotiate since he already had taken a pay cut.

Again as is typical, the main woman involved - Williams - realized what she needed to do to help salvage the project.

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The two were reportedly on set for the same number of days for the reshoots. CNNMoney has reached out to Imperative Entertainment for comment.

Williams previously told USA TODAY that when Scott's team called to request her time for the reshoot, "I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And by the way, there was no persuasion on my part whatsoever", Scott said.

The film "All the Money in the World" didn't live up to its title when it came to paying actress Michelle Williams - an uncomfortable revelation at a time when Hollywood is still trying to find its footing in treating women fairly, experts say.

Then, when asked if the actors didn't get paid either, he said: "No, they all came in free".

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Short-term expedience can end up being costly - and not just for the person who didn't get paid. "But Michelle, no. Me, no".

The development comes after a report, originally published by The Washington Post, and later by USA Today, claims Wahlberg earned $1.5 million, while Williams made less than $1,000.

This comes as actors union SAG-AFTRA weighed into the pay debate. But the optics of paying the lead actor 1500 times more than the lead actress, if true, would be the latest example of the age-old pay gap between actors and actresses.

The USA Today report suggests that Williams was not told that Wahlberg's team had negotiated a deal.

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