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Ridley Scott opens up about replacing Kevin Spacey in upcoming film

Ridley Scott opens up about replacing Kevin Spacey in upcoming film

Christopher Plummer and Mark Wahlberg in the Ridley Scott film All the Money in the World.

Prior to numerous allegations against him for sexual abuse and harassment, Kevin Spacey was set to star in Ridley Scott’s upcoming movie All the Money in the World.

The film is based on the true story of John Paul Getty III’s kidnapping in 1973. When his grandfather, J. Paul Getty (originally played by Spacey) refuses to pay the ransom, the son’s mother (Michelle Williams) must work with Getty fixer and former CIA agent (Mark Wahlberg) to get her son back.

Then, suddenly Spacey was out. And Christopher Plummer was in.

Many balked, simply because the movie was keeping its 22 December release date, which is next month. Yet it looks like Scott is making it work, if the new trailer is anything to go by because there, indeed, is Plummer.

‘It will affect the film’

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Scott speaks for the first time about replacing Spacey.

‘I sat and thought about it and realized, we cannot,‘ he reveals. ‘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.’

He was happy with Spacey’s performance, though. ‘He’s a very talented man and I got on very well with him. I had no idea.’

If Spacey spoke with him, Scott acknowledges he would have ‘handled it slightly differently’.

However, he maintains Spacey still would have been out. ‘I would have said, “Yes, thank you for calling, but I have to move on.”‘

The movie’s award prospects are up in the air regardless, but Scott never considered pushing the date back.

‘I move like lightning,’ he admits. ‘I’m already two scenes ahead. It’s simple! If you know what you’re doing, you don’t need 19 takes.’

As for the floodgates opening in Hollywood, Scott thinks it’s ‘about time’.

‘There will still be a few more people out there gritting their teeth who are way overdue,’ he adds.

‘Trying to right a wrong’

Williams stands by her director’s decision.

‘I’m so very proud to be a part of this — we’re all here for Ridley,’ she stated.

‘When this idea was hatched, I immediately started to feel better. This doesn’t do anything to ease the suffering of people who were all too personally affected by Kevin Spacey, but it is our little act of trying to right a wrong. And it sends a message to predators — you can’t get away with this anymore. Something will be done.’