Ridley Scott has spoken out for the first time about having to replace Kevin Spacey in his upcoming film All The Money In The World. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, conducted on November 23, Scott noted that editor Claire Simpson has been working the new material into the finished film in tandem with the reshoots.
The director said: "You can't condone that kind of behaviour in any shape or form", adding that keeping Spacey in the picture would have spelled disaster for the film.
Scott made the decision earlier this month to remove Spacey from the crime drama and replace him with Plummer, after Spacey was accused of multiple instances of sexual misconduct. He's pretty prominent in the trailer and the online critics are even a little bit happy with the change, as Christopher Plummer is an actual old man and prosthetics weren't needed like they were on Spacey's version. "You have to know who you're going to go for and if he's available", says the director.
Williams said she was glad to that Spacey was removed for the film and his scenes reshot as it made her "feel better". You may have, like us, chuckled a bit with astonishment when Scott proclaimed he could still have the movie out on its original release date, December 22. "If he had called me and said, 'Hey, look, this is the way it is and I'm really sorry, ' then I'd have handled it slightly differently", Scott said before revealing that a phone call would have been a moot point regardless. "We'll smooth out any wrinkles, and bingo, we're there".
The actress told Entertainment Weekly that she was stunned to hear the news about her former costar but was ready to jump in and reshoot the scenes. "And it will affect the film". If the film had missed that date it may have been shelved until this time next year, or released in the knowledge that its awards season hopes would be minimal. "We can not let one person's action affect the good work of all these other people". Apparently not! "Because I know I can deliver". I'm already two scenes ahead. And I listen to mine.
"And it sends a message to predators - you can't get away with this any more".
All the Money In the World is due in Irish cinemas on January 5, 2018.