Mark Wahlberg reportedly held the production of All the Money in the World for ransom by refusing to sign-off on disgraced actor Kevin Spacey's replacement if he was not paid more than $1 million for the reshoots. Director Ridley Scott confirmed to USA Today that he did not take a check for the reshoot.
They spoke of how Wahlberg had co-star approval in his contract with one source saying: "What he said was, 'I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.' And that's how he (expletive) them." .
Another insider claims the actor's lawyer formally vetoed Plummer in a letter to financiers until his demands for payment had been met.
The new report comes after a different report from Tuesday, January 9, said that Wahlberg was paid significantly more than his costar Michelle Williams for the reshoots of their film about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. The rumored pay gap sparked backlash from several Hollywood stars like Jessica Chastain and Williams' close friend, Busy Phillips.
All the Money in the World is filled with drama-onscreen and off. Production hit a roadblock when sexual misconduct allegations surfaced about Kevin Spacey, who plays a supporting character in the film, prompting reshoots with Christopher Plummer in Spacey's stead.
Williams, who attended this week's Golden Globes with #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke as her guest, previously told USA Today that she would do whatever she could to help with the reshoot.
Wahlberg and his co-star Michelle Williams are both represented by the same agency, but his hardball tactics are in contrast to her approach.
Representatives for Wahlberg, Williams, WME, Sony, Imperative Entertainment and Scott did not respond to USA TODAY's requests for comment.
Williams answered the call and agreed to be compensated at the minimum SAG-AFTRA rate of $80 per day, earning her a total of $800 for the 10-day reshoot. "And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted", Williams said. "Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort".
Let's not forget, it was Williams who walked away from the film with a Golden Globe nomination.