Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Why did Michelle Williams sacrifice fair pay to replace a predator?

Why did Michelle Williams sacrifice fair pay to replace a predator?

Scott told USA Today in December that, while he paid the crew and Plummer for the reshoot, he, Williams and the other actors were willing to do their scenes for free. "What he said was, 'I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.' And that's how he (expletive) them", reveals one person.

Hollywood is outraged at the pay disparity, with many taking to social media to voice their fury.

Williams had told USA Today earlier: "I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me". However, Sources told USA Today that Wahlberg earned $1.5 million for the reshoot while Williams only received about 1% of that saying that she would forgo her pay in appreciation of this huge effort. Jessica Chastain, now starring in the Golden Globe-nominated "Molly's Game", called Williams a "brilliant" actress who "deserves more".

A pay gap scandal has erupted over the "All the Money in the World" reshoots.

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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. Of the $10 million that Imperative Entertainment kicked in to finance the reshoots, 15 percent went to Wahlberg. "She deserves more than 1% of her male costar' s salary", tweetedactress Jessica Chastain. Reports suggest that a few scenes from Ridley Scott-directed movie were to be re-shot after Kevin Spacey was sacked from the movie following sexual harassment allegations.

It's also unclear whether or not Williams knew that Wahlberg hadn't yet committed to the reshoots when she agreed to participate. The entire reason that these reshoots were required was because Christopher Plummer was hired to play the role Kevin Spacey had initially been cast in.

Wahlberg and Williams are both represented by WME.

"They could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted", she said of the production team at the time.

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Let's talk legalities: Salary negotiations are typically confidential, but if Williams was induced to work for free under false misrepresentations, that could violate state law and make her contract voidable.

Spokesmen for Imperative, William Morris Endeavor and Sony Pictures, which distributed "All the Money in the World", declined to comment for this article.

Wahlberg was already not thrilled to have worked for roughly 80 per cent less than his standard fee, the sources said, especially when overseas distributors were using his box-office track record to promote the film. If Williams' agents had asked the producers to guarantee equal pay rates for everyone involved, "All The Money In The World" would have avoided a round of bad press, and Scott and his colleagues would have gotten double credit.

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