Call the Emergency Plummer; RIDLEY SCOTT THE DIRECTOR ON HOW HE SAVED GETTY MOVIE; How Hollywood Giant Reshot Epic with Christopher as Last-Minute Swap for Kevin Spacey

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Call the Emergency Plummer; RIDLEY SCOTT THE DIRECTOR ON HOW HE SAVED GETTY MOVIE; How Hollywood Giant Reshot Epic with Christopher as Last-Minute Swap for Kevin Spacey


Byline: GEMMA DUNN reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

IF DIRECTORIAL awards were given to those who achieve the impossible, Sir Ridley Scott would surely be a front runner.

For within an hour of learning of the sexual harassment allegations surrounding Kevin Spacey last October, he had not only taken the decision to axe the actor from his latest film, but recast his role.

Talking about All the Money in the World, Scott said: "I knew if I didn't do something, there would be a question of cancelling the film.

"It wouldn't happen immediately. It'd gradually die and someone would say, 'Maybe we shouldn't run it, we should edit?' I was saying, 'No you can't edit, you can fix this'." That "fix" would require Scott to recall A-listers Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, recruit Spacey's replacement in Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer and re-shoot all his 22 scenes in just nine days.

That was six weeks ago.

Today, the crime thriller, which follows the infamous kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher) to pay the $17million ransom, is wowing audiences.

Of 88-year-old Plummer jumping on board, Scott said: "He was always there, and I think he thought it'd never happen because I was thinking about him when I was going to do Gladiator as well, and it went to Richard Harris.

"The reason I went with Kevin was Kevin is in his 50s.

There's a lot of make-up in the mornings - big make-up, prosthetics, three and a half hours of it.

"The film is pretty challenging - a lot of scenes, a lot of dialogue, so I went with youth. Wrongly." If anyone should know age doesn't account for everything, however, it's Scott.

At 80 years old, the Blade Runner director - who is tipped for success this awards season - is far from slowing down.

"It's easy for me," admitted Scott, whose breakthrough came with the science-fiction horror film Alien in 1979. "I think it's genetic, it's in my DNA. My mum brought up three boys. She did good."

He credits that same upbringing in South Shields, and his mother specifically, for the respect he has for women. Both in and out of the workplace.

He added: "I get on with women. I love women, and respect, I think, goes with it hand-in-hand."

With years of casting film stars behind him, Scott added: "I don't differentiate. It's horses for courses, whatever the part is. …

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