Ridley Scott hasn't heard from Spacey after film replacement
By MICHAEL CIDONI LENNOX
Dec. 19, 2017
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Director Ridley Scott says he hasn't heard from Kevin Spacey since the decision was made to cut the actor from "All the Money in the World."
"I don't know where he is," Scott said in a recent interview. "He's gone down underground."
"All the Money in the World" is about the kidnapping of the teenage grandson of wealthy American industrialist J. Paul Getty.
The film was completed in October, with Spacey cast as Getty. After sexual misconduct allegations were made against the actor, Spacey was cut from the movie. Christopher Plummer stepped into the role. Reshoots began almost immediately.
While promoting the movie over the weekend, Scott said "it would have been nice to have some kind of call, even if it was from his (Spacey's) representative."
Now, he said, "It's just too late."
Plummer agreed — "I was very anxious to work with Ridley anyway," he said. "I took the script home. The next morning, I called, said, 'Yes. Absolutely. Let's go.'"
To get the movie ready for its Dec. 25 release date, Scott had to raise additional funds and rearrange cast and crew members for reshoots.
After that, Scott recalls spending the next 36 hours on the phone figuring out the logistics needed to get the reshoots done. Scott said Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, the other stars of the film, responded quickly.
"They were all ready. Michelle said, 'I'll do it.' She might have been in the middle of a film,'" Scott said. "Mark was needed for a day and a half."
The entire reshoot took nine days.
"Obviously, the most important thing was respecting the victims in this case. You know, whether there are allegations or not — there were many — and it's important to make sure that was dealt with with the respect and sensitivity that it deserved. Many people have been replaced in films many times, including films that I've been involved with on both sides of the spectrum. So those kind of things happen, but it was a decision that Ridley made and we all certainly supported him in that decision," said Wahlberg, who also attended the film's premiere.
Part of the rush to finish the film was self-imposed: Danny Boyle's FX series "Trust," also about the Getty kidnapping, debuts next month, so Scott felt the original release date had to be met.
Plummer credits Scott's sense of humor with getting everyone through the mad dash.
"He has a delicious sense of humor and that's what kept me — gave me such confidence and calmed everything down on the set. It was wonderful," Plummer said.
Plummer also showed he could poke fun at the situation. During the promotional interviews for the movie, he brought a cake that depicted him playing all the roles behind the camera.
Plummer's version of Getty will be the only one anyone ever sees. At the film's premiere Monday night, Ridley told The Associated Press that he wouldn't release a director's cut with Spacey's work.
"Over my dead body. No," Scott said. "I don't think that would be very graceful. There's a great word called grace, right? So I wouldn't do that, no."
AP Writer Nicole Evatt contributed to this story.