Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Mark Wahlberg reportedly demanded $1.5m before approving Christopher Plummer's casting

Mark Wahlberg reportedly demanded $1.5m before approving Christopher Plummer's casting

Other actors, though, sounded off on the pay disparity this week. If the reports are true, Wahlberg found a way to use that pressure for leverage: Wahlberg's salary for the reshoots was reported as $1.5 million.

"What he said was, 'I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me", a source told USA Today.

A separate inside source said Wahlberg had his lawyer write a letter formally rejecting Plummer for the role unless his financial demands were met.

Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams attend the premiere of Sony Pictures Entertainment's "All The Money In The World" at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on December 18, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. But Wahlberg, who had "costar approval" in his contract, not only chose to profit off Spacey's alleged history of preying on underage boys, he reportedly took things a step further and refused to sign off on veteran actor Christopher Plummer replacing Spacey in the film unless he was paid a handsome sum, USA Today reports.

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.

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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.

She had previously said of the reshoot: "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", Williams said.

However the reported Wahlberg's reshoot fee in November and noted he, "along with manager Stephen Levinson and agency WME, have a reputation in Hollywood for driving a tough bargain". "She's a brilliant Oscar nominated, Golden Globe winning actress".

'I'm so much more interested in what you have to say than what I have to say, ' Williams told reporters about her date on the red carpet.

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