The story about the massive pay disparity has gone viral on social media with many celebrities criticising director Ridley Scott and others.
An anonymous source familiar with the situation told the publication, "What [Wahlberg] said was, 'I will not approve Christopher Plummer unless you pay me.'" The source said Wahlberg's contract granted him co-star approval.
But the Oscar victor would not be allowed to step into the role until Wahlberg got his way, with the latter's lawyer writing a letter to financiers demanding the payment for his work over the Thanksgiving holiday. According to TMZ's report, the Transformers alum also agreed to redo the scenes with Williams and Spacey's replacement, Christopher Plummer, but he and Scott did not discuss his compensation at the time.
As we previously reported, the actor was reportedly paid $1.5 million, while his costar Michelle Williams only made $80 a day for the 10-day shoot! The rumored pay gap sparked backlash from several Hollywood stars like Jessica Chastain and Williams' close friend, Busy Phillips.
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Wahlberg and his co-star Michelle Williams are both represented by the same agency, but his hardball tactics are in contrast to her approach.
A spokesperson for SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) has said that if Williams was paid the minimum amount that she could be paid, they wouldn't be able to do anything about it, as Wahlberg had neogtiated his above-scale rate. "And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted", Williams said.
Williams and Plummer were both nominated for Golden Globes for their performances, and are presumed shoe-ins for Oscar nominations.
'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.