All the Money in the World has been getting some great reviews from critics and audience alike. And has created quite a lot of press for Director Ridley Scott. But a lot of attention has come from the fact that the director made the last minute decision to replace Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer a month before the movies release date and he still managed to hit theatres right on time.
Ridley Scott made a very quick decision when he decided to take Spacey out of the picture shortly after the allegations of sexual misconduct came to light. To do so he called in a major favor from Christopher Plummer, who shot for nine days straight over Thanksgiving. Downey goes over the fast-paced shooting process with both Plummer and Michelle Williams, the latter of which agreed to do the reshoots free of charge. Ridley Scott in a previous Interview had this to say about bringing it all together:
“You have to protect the new actor. I would never show Christopher what Kevin did (as J. Paul Getty). I want him to be his own man. He is his own man in this one, and a lot of that comes from the inherent nature of Christopher, who is essentially very charming, has that twinkle, has that smile, and when he’s playing with those words, is a motherfucker. He can give it a bit more depth. Kevin, who, without question, did a great job, was colder. The humor was cooler, except he was quite nice to the boy who he walks around the park of Hadrian’s Villa. That was a nice scene with Kevin. That was the softest I’ve seen Kevin.”
Ryan J. Downey recently had an interview with Ridley to discuss the aspects of taking on such a task. He was also joined by actors Charles Plummer, Christopher Plummer and Michelle Williams where they talk about the tumultuous filmmaking process and the making of All The Money In The World.
All the Money In The World follows the real-life story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. A lot happens in the story and we won’t ruin for anyone unfamiliar with the real-life story of John Paul Getty III, but trust us it’s a good one. You can see All The Money In The World in theatres now.