As part of a new and extensive interview with EW, filmmaker Ridley Scott has spoken about his decision to replace a key role in his Getty kidnap drama “All the Money in the World” just weeks away from release.
When allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Kevin Spacey first hit, Scott quickly enlisted Christopher Plummer to replace the disgraced actor in his few key scenes in the movie as billionaire industrialist J. Paul Getty.
Scott began reshoots last Monday and filmed over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend where the interview was conducted, with the extra filming wrapping tomorrow. 79 year-old Scott tells the outlet the studio told him they didn’t believe he could do it, but he explained his rationale behind the reshoots:
“I was finished with the film and was in [U.K. recording studio] Abbey Road finalizing the music. Someone was like: Guess what? And that’s where it began. 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.
I move like lightning. I’m already two scenes ahead. It’s simple! If you know what you’re doing, you don’t need nineteen takes. You do one for the actor, one for me. It’s all planned out. When you storyboard, you’ve already pre-filmed the movie in your head – the wide shots, close shots, establishing shots. You’ve gotten some of your weird ideas when you’re quietly sitting, storyboarding by yourself. After a while you learn to trust and listen to your intuition. And I listen to mine. I trust it.
I’ve been shooting since Monday [Nov. 20] and in with the editor every night since then. We’re not dealing with celluloid anymore; it’s all digital, and I send [the footage each day] to [editor Claire Simpson] and she cuts it, and I can go in and look after shooting. Everything I’ve shot is already in [the final cut] up through yesterday morning.”
The first footage of Plummer in the part has already gone online in a TV spot released late yesterday, and the film looks on target to meet its December 22nd release date.