Over the last couple of weeks, we've heard a lot about All the Money in the World, its reshoots, and the fact that Mark Wahlberg negotiated $1.5 million for the work while Michelle Williams did the reshoots for a small per diem. Neither actor likely expected to be thrust into the limelight over the cost of reshoots, but Mark Wahlberg eventually opted to donate the money to charity, and now Michelle Williams has finally spoken out about what happened. In a statement, she said:
The All the Money in the World story likely blew up for several reasons. First and foremost, it was a big deal to reshoot a slew of scenes that were supposed to star Kevin Spacey. After the Anthony Rapp allegations mentioned above came out, the Ridley Scott movie ultimately opted to replace the actor, and do it quickly, before the movie's holiday release window. That in itself was a feat, but then Ridley Scott and other people involved with the production discussed how the major actors came out and reshot their roles essentially for free. Therefore, when news broke that Mark Wahlberg had made $1.5 million instead of a small per diem, it became big news.
During the time when the story was coming to light, there were conflicting reports that came out. One noted that Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams had different contracts; hers allegedly included reshoots and his did not. Another report indicated that Mark Wahlberg used a clause in his contract that allowed him to potentially veto actor Christopher Plummer, who ultimately took over for Kevin Spacey, as a means to negotiate for more money. According to ABC News, Mark Wahlberg has also explained why he opted to donate the money, noting,
Now that everyone has finally made public statements about what happened, this is probably the end of the All the Money in the World drama, which was, rather fittingly, about money. Ridley Scott's movie, about the famous Getty kidnapping, can currently be seen in theaters.
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