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Michelle Williams was reportedly paid less than 1 percent of what Mark Wahlberg made for the reshoot of All the Money in the World

Actress Michelle Williams was paid less than 1 percent of what her co-star, Mark Wahlberg, made during the reshoot of the film All the Money in the World, USA Today reports based on conversations with three people familiar with the negotiations. The film was reshot over the Thanksgiving holiday after sexual misconduct allegations came out against Kevin Spacey, who had starred in the central role of J. Paul Getty. The cast and crew scrambled to reshoot Spacey's scenes with Christopher Plummer as his replacement, an endeavor that director Ridley Scott said the stars did practically for free.

"I wouldn't get paid, I refused to get paid," Scott told USA Today previously, adding: "Christopher had to get paid. But Michelle, no. Me, no."

Wahlberg in fact made $1.5 million for the reshoot, while Williams, who reportedly hadn't been told about the fee her co-star had negotiated, was paid an $80 per diem that totaled under $1,000. "I said I'd be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me," Williams previously told USA Today. "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."

Williams and Wahlberg are notably represented by the same agency, William Morris Endeavor, USA Today reports. Actors typically pay their agents, managers, and lawyers around 10 percent of their salaries.

On average, women in the United States make 79 cents to every dollar a man earns. In 2015, the highest-paid actress, Jennifer Lawrence, made $52 million while the highest-paid actor, Robert Downey Jr., made $80 million, Forbes reports.