Donald Sutherland stars as oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in the FX drama series “Trust,” which follows the lives of the wealthy Getty family starting with the infamous 1973 kidnapping of his grandson John Paul Getty III. But Sutherland knows a thing or two about how to avoid getting kidnapped. He and his “Trust” co-stars discussed the new series during a luncheon in New York City on March 15. Watch him above.
Sutherland worked on multiple films in Italy in the 1970s, and while shooting “Casanova” (1976) for Federico Fellini he had to wear a “white cloth bag” over his head as a requirement of the kidnapping insurance — “And the other requirement was that they not tell me that they had insurance,” he added. “I wish they had, I could have gone with [Getty].”
To prepare for the role of Getty, Sutherland read the magnate’s New York Times obituary, which was “extraordinary. It’s completely and utterly full and true.” He also read Getty’s own books, “which were not completely and utterly true.” Ultimately he felt so close to the character he was almost “channeling” him, particularly during a scene where Getty is being dressed by his butler. He “picked up my cock and put it in my underwear — I wouldn’t let my wife do that! I’ve never been naked in front of my children.”
The story of the John Paul Getty III kidnapping was also told last fall in the Ridley Scott film “All the Money in the World,” which earned Christopher Plummer an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for playing J. Paul Getty. Will Sutherland have similar luck at the Emmys in the race for Best Drama Actor?
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