Fans and Hollywood elite alike were reeling Wednesday after USA TODAY reported that a hasty reshoot of the thriller earned actor Mark Wahlberg an additional $1.5 million, while his female co-star Williams simply got an $80 per diem adding up to less than $1,000.
The reshoots, which took place in late November, reportedly cost $10 million, and in December Scott told USA Today that the budget was "expensive but not as expensive as you think" because "everyone did it for nothing". The new footage was necessary after Christopher Plummer was brought in to the Ridley Scott-directed movie to replace Kevin Spacey, who was sacked amid allegations of past sexual misconduct.
Originally, Scott claimed that everyone did the 10-day reshoot "for nothing", but according to a an anonymous source cited in a USA Todayreport, that might not be quite the case.
Let's also bear in mind that in August, Forbes named Wahlberg the highest-paid actor of the year - saying he banked in $68m (£50m) in their 12-month scoring period, before taxes and fees. The drama about John Paul Getty III's kidnapping first started receiving attention when it was announced that Kevin Spacey would be digitally replaced by Christopher Plummer, a role that Plummer received a Golden Globe nomination for.
Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg in All the Money in the World. Michelle and Mark are both represented by the same talent agency, WME, which also declined to comment to USA Today about the report. Scott told USA Today in December of the reshoot that "everyone did it for nothing", specifically mentioning himself and Williams. It's not clear how much either actor earned from the original shoot of the film. "Scott transfixed the film world by quickly assembling his actors over the holiday break in Europe, reshooting Spacey's scenes with Christopher Plummer - and still making his Christmas release window". Scott told the newspaper then, "Everyone did it for nothing".
News of the massive pay gap has left some in Hollywood reeling - and ranting - about the "shameful", "messed up" and "outrageously unfair" situation.
As the cast was called in for the reshoots - including Michelle Williams as the kidnapped boy's mother - the performers agreed to be paid more modestly for their work, in what the person said was a figure in the hundreds of thousands of dollars or less for Williams, Plummer and other actors.
"I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me", she said.