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Since the allegations against Kevin Spacey, All the Money in the World has been a film in the spotlight. First, it was Kevin Spacey. Then, we heard the news that Spacey’s role in the film would be replaced by Christopher Plummer. Reshoots then took place in an insanely small amount of time. It looked as though the film had everything going against it. Yet, if the reviews are anything to go by, the film actually turned out to be good despite the upheaval. It seemed as though this film would no longer be a story for film pundits to discuss.
Pay Disparity Issue
However, the controversy seemingly never ends for All the Money in the World. In December, director Ridley Scott gave an interview with USA Today and said the following about whether or not the cast members got paid for the reshoots:
“The whole reshoot was — in normal terms was expensive but not as expensive as you think. Because all of them, everyone did it for nothing. […] No, I wouldn’t get paid, I refused to get paid. […] They all came in free. Christopher had to get paid. But Michelle, no. Me, no”.
Well, that seems to be a complete lie based on recent reports. According, again, to USA Today, Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for being in the reshoots. Staggeringly, co-star Michelle Williams was only paid $80 per day. The total Michelle Williams received in the end for taking part in the reshoots added up to $1000.
Um, WTF? Seriously, this is an absolute disgrace. Indeed, it is actually a violation of SAG rules so the people involved in this decision should be reprimanded. How could this be allowed to happen? The whole thing just stinks of greed from Mark Wahlberg’s part. Moreover, when you find out that Wahlberg and Williams are represented by the same talent agency, it makes the situation even worse. What makes this situation even more painful is when you read past comments made by Michelle Williams which eulogised Ridley Scott, as you can see below:
“I adore (Scott), worship him, would do anything for him. I hated that this man’s time and expertise and gentlemanly-ness was going to be kind of for naught. So when I got the phone call about the change of plans I was thrilled. I was enlivened, it picked me up off the couch a little bit and got me excited […] I said I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort”.
I feel awful for Michelle Williams in the way she has been treated. This is an issue which needs to be resolved. This is from the individual situation involving Wahlberg and Williams as well as the film industry in general. The pay gap inequality when it comes to gender needs to end. I am sure that we have not heard the last about this story.
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