Magazine article Variety

Giving 'Getty' a Redo

Magazine article Variety

Giving 'Getty' a Redo

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A MERE 76 DAYS before scoring an Oscar nomination for playing ruthless tycoon J. Paul Getty in "All the Money in the World," Christopher Plummer wasn't even in the movie.

But scandal swirling around colleague Kevin Spacey set in motion one of Hollywood's alltime boldest gambles: completely excising and replacing an A-list star.

Allegations of the "American Beauty" actor's sexual misconduct first broke on Oct. 29, less than three weeks before the gala Hollywood premiere for Sony's fact-based kidnap thriller.

But producer-director Ridley Scott was determined his team's work would get a fair shake in the marketplace. Scott assembled stars and crew over Thanksgiving to recreate Spacey's 10 days of critical scenes, with footage daily edited into the film.

Controversy over reshoot pay disparities subsided when Mark Wahlberg donated $1. …

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