All The Money in the World may not have spent literally "all the money" to make its movie, but recently we've heard the reshoots were a bit pricier than we originally thought. Although Ridley Scott and others talked about how the actors graciously re-shot Kevin Spacey's scenes with Christopher Plummer for free, we recently learned that Mark Wahlberg actually negotiated a $1.5 million payday for the gig. Now, news has broken saying that Mark Wahlberg reportedly used a loophole in his contract to get more money. And it all had to do with Christopher Plummer.
In the latest on this All The Money in the World story, allegedly when the studio was looking to move forward and replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer, the hold-up was Mark Wahlberg. Per a new report, in Wahlberg's contract he had "co-star approval" which meant that he could say no to whomever he liked. In this case, he planned to say no to Plummer unless he got paid. And if the rumors hold true, the studio paid.
Clearly this situation was complicated. At first we heard that Mark Wahlberg negotiated without telling his co-star Michelle Williams, who admittedly had a lighter load with the reshoots. Then, it was stated that Michelle Williams' contract was actually different than Mark Wahlberg's; her contract reportedly stipulated she be available for reshoots while his did not. Now, USA Today is saying that both Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg had reshoots in their contracts but that the latter actually went out of his way to look over his contract and find a way to make more money. Clearly there are a lot of different versions of this story out there, and the people who were actually involved with All The Money in the World are remaining radio silent. Likewise, Mark Wahlberg's representation, WME, has no comment.
Whatever the truth about the re-shoots is, this story gives us a snapshot into the world of moviemaking that rarely makes headlines. Contracts for movies are inherently complicated, and it's certainly the job of an agent to try and get their clients the best deal. In this case, Mark Wahlberg seems to have made off with a pretty penny, and it could be one of the reasons he's one of the highest paid actors in the world. But he hasn't quite hit J. Paul Getty heights, yet.
Despite all of these wild contract stories, All The Money in the World has earned fairly good reviews and even some awards notice. If you'd like to catch the flick yourself, it is currently in theaters, along with a lot of the other movies that hit theaters during the holiday season. In addition, you can take a look at what is heading to theaters soon with our full schedule.