Not a day goes by without a Hollywood scandal lately. As of this morning, a non-event turned into one when actress Jessica Chastain pointed out that the reshoots done for ‘All the money in the world’ were not equally paid among the actors over the male and female stars.
Allow me to refresh your memory. A few months ago, ‘All the money in the world’, about the kidnapping of Paul Getty’s grandchild, looks like a box office flop as one of the lead characters is played by none other than Kevin Spacey, involved in a #MeToo scandal and about to be cut from the ‘House of Cards’ series.
The Ridley Scott directed movie knows that it can’t risk being the only flick to go to the cinema with Kevin Spacey starring, so it decides to delay the premiere and reshoot the scenes with Christopher Plummer, an actor with a reputation as clean as a whistle.
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The only problem, of course, is that the scenes where Mr Plummer’s character is playing opposite the other stars of the movie, namely Mark Wahlberg and Jessica Williams, also have to be done again.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Please go see Michelle's performance in All The Money in The World. She's a brilliant Oscar nominated Golden Globe winning actress. She has been in the industry for 20 yrs. She deserves more than 1% of her male costar' s salary. <a href="https://t.co/HIniew6lf7">https://t.co/HIniew6lf7</a></p>— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) <a href="https://twitter.com/jes_chastain/status/950909603377643521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 10, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Now, after the Golden Globes are done and dusted, Jessica Chastain, who has been portraying herself more and more as the white knight of women for the #MeToo movement, pointed out that there was a serious discrepancy between the salaries of Miss Williams and Mr. Wahlberg, namely that she had done the reshoots for 1% of what he was paid to do his.
Mr. Wahlberg, the highest-paid actor of the year 2017 with earnings at $68 million, was reportedly paid $1.5 million for the re-shoots, whilst Williams was paid $1,000, saying beforehand that she would do them for free.
Given that both stars are represented by the same agency, this does not sound so much like a scandal to me, but rather the fact that Mr. Wahlberg has a better agent that Miss Williams.