Mark Wahlberg Profits Off Kevin Spacey Scandal

Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg

When the bomb dropped on Kevin Spacey’s history of sexual misconduct that includes a history of preying on underage boys, All the Money in the World director Ridley Scott opted to scrub all signs of Spacey as J. Paul Getty from the film, which cost a hefty amount of money to get it released in time for the current awards season. 

Recalling the moment she heard that Spacey’s scenes would be reshot with veteran actor Christopher Plummer in the role, the film’s star Michelle Williams told USA Today, “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.” 

While Williams took only an $80 per day per diem for the approximately 10-day reshoot to help create a finished product that didn’t include the presence of an accused sexual predator, her costar Mark Wahlberg and his agents at William Morris Endeavor agency (which also happens to be Williams’s agency) used the opportunity to profit, negotiating $1.5 million for Wahlberg to do the reshoot, according to USA Today. 

In an interview in December, director Scott told the paper that the reshoot cost less than it might have because he and the actors chose not to take a payday in light of the Spacey scandal. 
 
“The whole reshoot was — in normal terms was expensive but not as expensive as you think. Because all of them, everyone did it for nothing,” Scott said of the actors, adding that, of course, the crew was paid. “They all came in free. Christopher [Plummer] had to get paid. But Michelle, no. Me, no.”  

But Wahlberg, the highest-paid actor of the year, clocking in at $68 million, according to Forbes, opted for a huge payout in the wake of the sexual harassment reckoning. Williams, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance as Gail Harris, the mother of 16-year-old kidnapping victim John Paul Getty III, attended the ceremony accompanied by activist and #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke. 

“I thought I would have to raise my daughter to learn how to protect herself in a dangerous world, but I think the work that Tarana has done and the work that I’m learning how to do — we actually have the opportunity to hand our children a different world,” Williams said on the Globes red carpet, according to People.  

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