Earlier this week, USA Today published a report that while Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for the reshoots, co-star Michelle Williams received less than $1,000. The enormous pay gap was particularly infuriating in the wake of the #TimesUp movement's public coming-out at Sunday's Golden Globes.
Now, USA Today provides further damning information on the situation. A source told the newspaper that Wahlberg's contract included a co-star approval clause — and he used that to leverage a big payday.
"What he said was, 'I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.' And that's how he (expletive) them," the source said.
Another source said that Wahlberg's lawyer formally vetoed Plummer's casting until the financiers met the actor's demand for additional payment.
And an additional source contradicted other reports that Wahlberg's contract did not include reshoots, while Williams did, and that his reshoots were more extensive. This source claimed both actors' contracts included reshoots and they filmed nearly the same number of days.
Wahlberg's reps and his talent agency, William Morris Endeavor, did not comment on the story. WME represents both Wahlberg and Williams.Of the reshoots, Williams has previously explained, "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."