“I think at some point, obviously whatever Kevin [Spacey] did will be seen, but not for a while,” revealed Ridley Scott as he spoke this weekend in a Q&A about his new film “All the Money in the World” (listen to the audio above). The Sony Pictures release tells the true story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer), and the desperate attempts by his devoted mother (Michelle Williams) to get his billionaire grandfather J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. Gold Derby was on-hand for one of the first public screenings of the film, which almost had its Oscar chances derailed by a near-disastrous series of events.
Prior to its Christmas premiere, Scott decided to re-shoot entire scenes of the movie following stunning sexual assault allegations against Kevin Spacey, who had previously played the senior Getty under heavy makeup. In an unprecedented move, Scott replaced the disgraced star with Plummer, completing the daunting task in a mere nine days.
“When I worked with Kevin, we got on very well, and he did a great job,” divulged Scott. Because of the multilayered prosthetics necessary for Spacey to assume the role, “I’d describe his performance as colder. With Chris [Plummer], he’s got this inordinately handsome, ageless face, with a smile that is charming and a glitter in his eye. With the same words, somehow, he’s more lethal.”
Scott’s gamble payed off. “All the Money in the World” was screened as a rough cut for HFPA voters, resulting in Golden Globe nominations for Scott as Best Director, Williams as Best Drama Actress, and Plummer as Best Supporting Actor.
At 80-years-old, Scott could become the oldest Best Director nominee in Oscar history. He’s contended four times at the Academy Awards without a win (Best Director for “Thelma & Louise” in 1991, “Gladiator” in 2000, and “Black Hawk Down” in 2001; Best Picture for “The Martian” in 2015). Should he win, he’d beat current category record-holder Clint Eastwood, who was 74 when he took his second Best Director prize for “Million Dollar Baby” (2004).
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