When Ridley Scott's new movie about a notorious kidnapping was hijacked last month by sexual assault allegations against star Kevin Spacey, the director responded with the calm and skill of a hostage negotiator.
Today is Scott's 80th birthday, and he has just wrapped up a nine-day reshoot in Rome of every Spacey scene in "All the Money in the World." The drama is based on the 1973 kidnapping of oil magnate J. Paul Getty's 16-year-old grandson.
Christopher Plummer has assumed the starring role as the cold-blooded businessman who refused to pay the $17 million ransom for the teenager's safe return. His infamous counteroffer: "Nothing."
The tension on and off the set is almost as riveting. Scott, whose hits include "Alien," "Thelma & Louise" and "The Martian," insists he will finish re-editing "All the Money in the World" in time for its premiere on December 22.
Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg co-star.
The reshoot is costing an estimated $10 million, a quarter of the original $40 million budget. But Scott says the film, which is already generating Academy Award buzz, would've suffered if Spacey were still the frontman—and rightly so, he adds.
"You can't tolerate any kind of behavior like that," Scott tells Entertainment Weekly. "We cannot let one person's action affect the good work of all these other people. It's that simple."
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