The film originally had Kevin Spacey as billionaire J. Paul Getty, but director Ridley Scott dropped Spacey from the movie after multiple men came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and recast Plummer in the role. But according to USA Today, Wahlberg had a clause in his contract that gave him the ability to approve co-stars.
“What he said was, ‘I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.’ And that’s how he (expletive) them,” a source told USA Today.
The report arrives days after USA Today revealed that Wahlberg received $1.5 million for the reshoot while the film’s leading actress Michelle Williams only received an $80 per diem. The actors union SAG-AFTRA has launched an investigation to see if the film broke any rules.
The difference in the pay of Wahlberg and Williams is striking and sent shockwaves through Hollywood not just because of how vast the difference was—Williams made less than one percent of Wahlberg’s salary for the reshoots—but also because of the circumstances behind it. Scott and Williams both agreed to reshoot the movie—which took place a month before the film’s release—for free due to the circumstances behind the reshoots; they were trying to salvage a movie they said had now been tarnished by Spacey’s presence in it.
Both Scott and Williams have spoken about doing the reshoot for free, with Williams telling USA Today last month that she would even give up her Thanksgiving holiday for the reshoots. Scott said that apart from Plummer and the film crew, everyone had done the shoot essentially for free, which is now contradicted by reports of Wahlberg’s salary.
“Everyone did it for nothing,” Scott told USA Today last month. “They all came in for free.”
H/T USA Today