It's unclear whether Williams, who is represented by the same talent agency as Wahlberg but has a different agent, would have made the same decision had she known that her male co-star was pulling in $1.5 million for the reshoot. Apparently, the film had all the money for star Mark Wahlberg, but not for his co-star Michelle Williams.
"We're looking into it", said a source at the actors union, who noted that the guild's contract only covers minimums that actors can be paid.
With news of the pay gap now public, many actors and fans have come to Williams defense, including The Deuce's Dave Krumholtz.
But Williams, according to USA Today, earned a daily allowance of US$80 (RM 320.36) for her work -- amounting to under US$1,000 in total and less than 0.07 per cent of the US$1.5 million that Wahlberg earned.
Scott brought in Christopher Plummer to replace him - to critical success - but the switch meant that co-stars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg also had to reshoot their scenes. It was also nominated for three Golden Globes this year, including a Best Actress nomination for Michelle, Best Director for Ridley Scott, and Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Plummer. And maybe Ridley Scott didn't know when he said in interviews that they all came back for free. Spacey was cast in the film as J. Paul Getty, the real life industrialist and one time richest man in America who, when his grandson was kidnapped in 1973, refused to pay the $17-million ransom. In December, Scott told USA TODAY that the undertaking was aided by the fact that "everyone did it for nothing". "I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me".
USA TODAY: "The crew, of course, did get paid?"
Cast member Mark Wahlberg poses at the premiere for "All the Money in the World" in Beverly Hills December 18, 2017. Williams plays his devoted mother, and Wahlberg plays a former Central Intelligence Agency op who investigates the case.
"I wonder if the studio or Wahlberg will do something to make the situation less insane", filmmaker Judd Apatow added. "And they could have my salary; they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted", she told USA Today.
The news comes days after actresses showed up to the Golden Globes, dressed in black in solidarity against sexual violence.