There has been a purging of sexually abusive men in Hollywood and Kevin Spacey is no exception. In the wake of allegations against Spacey, he has been removed from his role in a new movie set to be released on December 22nd. The filming of the book adaptation was complete when the news broke, but director Ridley Scott decided to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer for the role of billionaire, John Paul Getty.
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All the Money in the World is a movie about the Getty family that is based on a book by John Pearson, called Painfully Rich: J. Paul Getty and His Heirs. Pearson has famously written the biographies of families such as the Churchills and the British Royal Family. The movie focuses on Pearson’s account of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty’s grandson, and how the sex-crazed, drug-addicted man’s actions made the situation that much worse for the Getty family.
Kevin Spacey wrapped filming his scenes in August. However, when news broke of sexual assault allegations, he was replaced by Christopher Plummer earlier this month. Scenes that featured Spacey were reshot with Plummer, which cost the film approximately $10 million extra, to what was already a $40 million production, according to The Guardian.
EW conducted an interview with the film’s director, Ridley Scott, to finally discuss replacing Kevin Spacey and the film’s release. On the decision to replace Spacey, Scott said, “I sat and thought about it and realized, we cannot. You can’t tolerate any kind of behavior like that. And it will affect the film. We cannot let one person’s action affect the good work of all these other people. It’s that simple.”
When asked if he ever considered moving the release date to 2018, Scott said, “No. Because I know I can deliver. I move like lightning.” Scott is very confident that the film will be completely ready for the tight deadline and has already released a new trailer that features Plummer. He also mentioned that Plummer was always on the list of people he wanted to play J. Paul Getty. You can see his amazing work for yourself in the trailer below.
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