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Three major arguments happening around the Hollywood pay gap, explained

Three major arguments happening around the Hollywood pay gap, explained

The Transformers actor, Mark Wahlberg, is back in the headlines, not just for his movie - All the Money in the World - but for the hefty amount the Hollywood star was paid for a 9-day reshoot.

USA Today reported Tuesday that Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million to re-shoot scenes with Plummer, and that Williams was only paid her per diem - less than $1,000.

According to a USA Today report on Tuesday, when Ridley Scott chose to reshoot scenes in the $40 million thriller in order to cut out Kevin Spacey, who originally played billionaire J. Paul Getty, replacing him with new scenes featuring Christopher Plummer, Wahlberg was paid an additional $1.5 million to return to the set, while Williams received just a per diem allowance of about $1,000 for the extra shooting days. Scott told the newspaper then, "Everyone did it for nothing".

Scott, producer-financier of Imperative Entertainment and distributor Sony Pictures, and WME have not commented on the matter.

Williams had told USA Today earlier: "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. And I'll give you my Thanksgiving break, if that would help.' And they, to their credit, they only took my Thanksgiving break", Williams said. "It's just been such a unusual saga of highs and lows and ups and downs", continued the actress, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for the film. She has been in the industry for 20 years.

The publication also claims that before any of the reshoots had been scheduled, Wahlberg's eagerness to work with director Ridley Scott had seen him take an 80 per cent pay cut on his usual salary of $US15 million (or more) per movie.

The report about the glaring pay disparity has gone viral on social media and invited criticism by many celebrities, such as Jessica Chastain, Mia Farrow and Judd Apatow.

Both performers are with William Morris Endeavor - although each is repped by separate agents there - which has only fueled the perception of injustice.

"It further shows the reason why these kinds of movements are needed to bring attention to the injustices and the disparities that exist between the genders, the staggering pay gap that exists across every business discipline", she said. "It's a demand for fair practices".

The 37-year-old actress said: "I just thought that this experience that we had all treasured was going to be essentially flushed down the toilet". CNNMoney has reached out to Imperative Entertainment for comment. Scott previously told USA Today that he "refused to get paid" for the reshoots, adding that the actors "did it for nothing".

According to Forbes, Wahlberg was the highest paid actor in 2017, with annual earnings of approximately $68 million.

Ridley Scott called for a reshoot of his thriller All the Money in the World, about the 1973 kidnapping of Paul Getty, two months from release, replacing Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer, after accusations of multiple counts of sexual assault and harassment emerged against Spacey.