Mark Wahlberg was seen for the first time since reports of his pay scandal involving Michelle Williams.
The 46-year-old actor was spotted on set of his new film Mile 22 in Fayetteville, Georgia on Friday morning.
On-the-go: Mark Wahlberg was seen for the first time since reports of his pay scandal involving Michelle Williams
The outing comes just days after the report that he held the production of All the Money in the World for ransom by refusing to sign-off on disgraced actor Kevin Spacey’s replacement if he was not paid more than $1 million for the reshoots.
Wahlberg decided to exercise a co-star approval clause in his contract and hold up production of the Ridley Scott kidnapping drama if his demands were not met, according to USA Today last week.
‘What (Wahlberg) said was, “I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.'” And that’s how he (expletive) them,’ says one person who spoke to the publication under the condition of anonymity.
Plummer was chosen to replace the former ‘House of Cards’ actor after Spacey became mired in a sexual harassment scandal that brought down some Hollywood’s biggest stars.
Making moves: The 46-year-old actor was spotted on set of his new film Mile 22 in Fayetteville, Georgia on Friday morning
But the Oscar winner would not be allowed to step into the role until Wahlberg got his way, with the latter’s lawyer writing a letter to financiers demanding the payment for his work over the Thanksgiving holiday.
A representative for Walberg’s nor his talent agency responded to a request for comment.
Meanwhile, details over the staggering pay disparity on the reshoot of of the film caused waves earlier in the day, when it was revealed that Wahlberg earned an additional $1.5million for the work after his representatives declared that he never works for free – while his co-star Michelle Williams was offered less than $1,000 for her troubles.
As TMZ first reported last week, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, when Spacey dropped out of the project after being accused by multiple men of sexual abuse, a producer on the film approached Williams, asking her to travel back to Rome over the Thanksgiving holiday to reshoot some scenes.
Pay gap debacle: Michelle Williams was paid around $800 to reshoot scene for All The Money In The World, reportedly unaware that her co-star Wahlberg (above) had negotiated a $1.5million side deal
Williams and Wahlberg took part in the 10-day reshoot in Rome in late November so the film could be released on time on Christmas Day
Williams answered the call and agreed to be compensated at the minimum SAG-AFTRA rate of $80 per day, earning her a total of $800 for the 10-day reshoot.
Around the same time, Scott flew to London to meet with Wahlberg about doing the reshoot. According to TMZ’s report, the Transformers alum also agreed to redo the scenes with Williams and Spacey’s replacement, Christopher Plummer, but he and Scott did not discuss his compensation at the time.
Allegedly unbeknownst to Scott, Wahlberg’s representatives later met with the two main financial backers of the project and demanded that their client be paid for the extra work.
Christopher Plummer (Left) with Ridley Scott for the ‘All the Money in the World’ film premiere, Los Angeles on December 18, 2017
When Ridley Scott said in an interview with USA Today in December that he and his cast – excluding Plummer who was paid – were working for free to reshoot the movie in the wake of the Spacey debacle, he was unaware of Wahlberg’s side deal, and was reportedly left feeling betrayed and ‘hung out to dry.’
Williams and Wahlberg are both represented by Williams Morris Endeavor, and some critics have accused the talent agency of failing to inform the Oscar-nominated actress of her co-start’s lucrative arrangement.
But according to TMZ sources, the glaring disparity in Williams and Wahlberg’s payouts came down to their individual contracts: Williams’ contract reportedly required her to do reshoots, as needed, as part of her overall salary, whereas Wahlberg’s did not have such a clause.
One person familiar with contract negotiations explained that it is not a common practice for agents within the same company to discuss or coordinate their clients’ salaries, and doing so would be in violation of their duty of confidentiality.
Unreal: It is now being reported that Wahlberg was paid $1.5million for the 10-day shoot while Williams made just $80-a-day according to Jessica Chastain (tweet above)
The actors’ union SAG-AFTRA, which represents both Williams and Wahlberg, said it is looking into the pay disparity on Scott’s latest project, which was released on schedule on Christmas Day thanks to the $10million reshoot.
‘We are unambiguously in favor of pay equity between men and women in this industry and support every action to move in this direction. At the same time, performers at this level negotiate their above-scale rates through their agents,’ said a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson.
Despite being the film’s top-billed star and receiving her fifth Golden Globe nomination for her work in the movie, Williams just $80 per day, according to fellow A-lister Jessica Chastain.
Pay grade: That would add up to $800 at the end of the 10-day shoot, which is 0.05 % the salary her co-star made for his work on the film (Williams and Christopher Plummer in a scene that was reshot in November)
This means that the single mother traveled to Italy in late November for a last-second reshoot while being paid 0.05 per cent what her male co-star was making for his work.
Williams was reportedly unaware that Wahlberg was not working for free when the reshoot began, but her agents at William Morris Endeavour were well aware of his payday as they also represent both Wahlberg and Scott.
Reps for Williams, Wahlberg, Scott, WME and the production company which funded the reshoot did not respond to requests for comment.
After: Plummer (above) was called in to replace Spacey i November, having always been Scott’s first choice in the role
Before: Kevin Spacey as J Paul Getty in the original All the Money in the World shoot (above)