Summary of “How Ridley Scott Saved ‘All the Money in the World'”

The real-life narrative depicted in All the Money in the World is quite the yarn – after his grandson is kidnapped, oil baron J. Paul Getty blithely refuses to pay the ransom, spurring his daughter-in-law Gail and former CIA operative Fletcher Chase to take matters into their own hands – and yet, the story behind the making of the film is just as dramatic.
Director Ridley Scott originally cast Kevin Spacey as the 80-year-old Getty and covered him in prosthetics, but after the actor was the subject of numerous sexual-assault allegations in October, Sony pulled All the Money in the World from its planned premiere at AFI Fest.
That’s when Scott settled on an unprecedented gambit: He would cast 88-year-old Oscar winner Christopher Plummer to take over the Getty role, convince Williams and Wahlberg to come back for reshoots over the Thanksgiving holiday, and quickly integrate the new footage into the movie so it could still hit a 2017 release date.
It’s hard to imagine that anyone could have pulled it off besides Scott, who puts out a big-budget film nearly every year, and at 80 years old, is somehow more prolific than he’s ever been.
How do you do it?You plan, you know exactly what it will look like, and I think it helps me enormously that I still do something as basic as storyboard my own stuff.
There’s all this implication, all these little things are happening, right? And then, near the end, if you watch her very closely, she’s standing there melting when she says to Chase, “We always think of you as family.” How far can you go to let me think that maybe there’s something you wish could have happened?
If you can film things that fast, then why do movies take so long to make?They shouldn’t, that’s why I do two a year.
How did you get involved with All the Money in the World to begin with?This came to me off the shelf.

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