The Spotlight: Ridley Scott and his crew worked 18 hours nine days straight to erase Kevin Spacey from 'All the Money in the World'
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You've got to hand it to Ridley Scott.
Erasing Kevin Spacey from his film All the Money in the World wasn't just costly at a $10 million price tag, it meant completely reshooting 22 scenes with a new actor, convincing Hollywood stars to cancel Thanksgiving and pushing a crew to work 18-hour days for over a week.
Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer in the role of Jean Paul Getty, infamous Pentavirate member and oil magnate.
In an excellent piece with The New York Times detailing the entire ordeal, you don't get the sense Spacey is expecting a Christmas card from the Scott clan.
The director said he did not tell Mr. Spacey that he was being replaced because Mr. Spacey had never contacted him to discuss the misconduct allegations.
“A phone call would have been nice,” Mr. Scott said. “At first I was disappointed. Then I was mad.” (He added that nothing in Mr. Spacey’s contract prohibited his replacement; he got paid.) Representatives for Mr. Spacey did not respond to requests for comment.
Mr. Scott, who called the assertions about Mr. Spacey’s behavior “shocking,” also managed to bring back Mr. Wahlberg and Ms. Williams, both of whom agreed to work through Thanksgiving due to the severe time constraint. Production on “All the Money in the World” resumed on Nov. 20 in London, with the cast and reassembled crew moving to Rome a few days later.
Plummer seems to have done an admirable job as a late replacement. So much so that Golden Globe voters nominated him for best supporting actor after seeing a not-quite-finished version of the film last week.
“I think it’s a fantastic change,” Mr. Scott said. “Kevin’s performance was colder. Christopher has enormous charm — a twinkle and a smile — that makes this coldly logical character feel even more dangerous.”
Will the original version of “All the Money in the World” ever be released, perhaps on DVD, so that viewers can judge for themselves?
Mr. Scott let out a huff. “I doubt it,” he said.
May be for the best.
All the Money in the World hits theaters Dec. 25, 2017.
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