SAG-AFTRA is looking into new reports over a potential pay-inequality situation during reshoots for Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World.” After sexual assault allegations about previous star Kevin Spacey (“House of Cards”), the actor was fired and completely cut from the highly anticipated film, with Christopher Plummer hired to replace him in time for the film’s quickly-approaching December release. Scott had previously said all the actors returned to reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes without pay, but USA Today reported on Tuesday that this wasn’t the case. While Michelle Williams (“Manchester By The Sea”) accepted about $1,000 for the reshoots, costar Mark Wahlberg’s (“Ted”) team negotiated a $1.5 million payout for the star to return.
This discrepancy could be a violation of SAG-AFTRA’s union contract for their members, if Williams wasn’t working on a flat-fee deal for the film. However, according to Deadline, if Williams was paid to scale for reshoots, there’s nothing to be done about further, above scale negotiations like Wahlberg’s. The situation looks even worse when taking into account that both actors are repped by WME, who negotiated a much heftier payout for Wahlberg but not Williams, leading to bigger questions about fair and equal representation from the talent agency. Neither actor, along with co-star Timothy Hutton (“American Crime”), had reshoot clauses in their film contracts, according to Deadline, and Wahlberg was already shooting another film, “Mile 22.” Wahlberg had also already taken a reported 80% paycut for the film in order to work with Scott on a “potential awards contender,” so was in a better position to negotiate his pay.
Williams wasn’t told of the situation and seemed to be happy the reshoots were happening at all, telling USA Today, “I said I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday…I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort.”
It all comes down to whether or not the pair were working on flat deals; if they were, the DGA and SAG-AFTRA, the actors’ unions, wouldn’t be able to claim a pay violation for the incident. The union released a public statement on Wednesday, saying:
“We are unambiguously in favor of pay equity between men and women in this industry and support every action to move in this direction. At the same time, performers at this level negotiate their above-scale rates through their agents. As it relates to this matter, you should talk to their representatives.”
WME and reps for Scott, Williams and Wahlberg have not commented on the situation.