When a dozen former colleagues and costars accused Kevin Spacey of sexual assaulting and harassing them, the retribution against him was swift. Spacey’s Netflix series House of Cards was almost immediately canceled. He all but disappeared from the public sphere. But almost no move seemed in better faith and more supportive of Spacey’s victims than director Ridley Scott’s decision to remove Spacey from his nearly finished film, All the Money in the World, and reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes with actor Christopher Plummer. Now, we learn that Scott’s gesture was empty.
Scott reshot Spacey’s scenes at major cost to the cast and crew, and many of them agreed to return to work for almost no pay as a way of showing support Spacey’s victims in any way possible. One of those people was actor Michelle Williams, who received an $80 per diem for the 10 days she spent back on set, meaning her pay was under $1,000 for all the scenes she had to reshoot.
Meanwhile, her costar, Mark Wahlberg, was paid $1.5 million for reshooting his scenes. Go ahead and scream. You know you want to.
Williams had previously spoken about her decision to return for reshoots for almost no pay, saying, “I said I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort.”
So much for that effort. It looks like Williams’ and Wahlberg’s workloads, while the same in their demands and scheduling requirements, are not valued in the same way, and that, folks, it just a load of malarkey.