Had actor Mark Wahlberg not received $1.5 million to re-shoot his scenes in All the Money in the World, Christopher Plummer would not have been hired to replace Kevin Spacey in the drama, USA Today reports.
There was outrage earlier this week after it was reported that the movie's star, Michelle Williams, was paid less than 1 percent of what Wahlberg made during the re-shoot — just $80 per day of shooting. Director Ridley Scott decided to replace Spacey with Plummer after several men accused Spacey of sexual misconduct, but two people with knowledge of the situation told USA Today that Wahlberg's contract gave him co-star approval, and he wouldn't sign off on Plummer unless he was paid $1.5 million. "What he said was, 'I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me,'" one said. "And that's how he [expletive] them."
USA Today was also told that Wahlberg's lawyer sent a letter to the film's financiers saying he was vetoing Plummer unless he received the money. Williams, on the other hand, was pleased with Scott's decision to re-shoot with Plummer; she previously told USA Today she had said "I'd be wherever they needed me, wherever 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." Both Wahlberg and Williams are represented by William Morris Endeavor; the agency and Wahlberg's representative and lawyer declined to comment to USA Today.