Ridley Scott on Airing Spacey Footage: 'Over My Dead Body'

Says he hasn't heard a peep from the actor since he decided to cut him from film
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 19, 2017 10:44 AM CST
Ridley Scott: It Would Have Been Nice if Spacey Had Called
Director Ridley Scott arrives at the world premiere of "All the Money in the World" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Director Ridley Scott says he hasn't heard from Kevin Spacey since the decision was made to cut the actor from All the Money in the World. "I don't know where he is," Scott said in a recent interview. "He's gone down underground." All the Money in the World is about the kidnapping of the teenage grandson of wealthy American industrialist J. Paul Getty. The film was completed in October, with Spacey cast as Getty. After sexual misconduct allegations were made against the actor, Spacey was cut from the movie, and Christopher Plummer stepped into the role. Reshoots began almost immediately. While promoting the movie over the weekend, Scott said, "It would have been nice to have some kind of call, even if it was from his [Spacey's] representative." Now, he said, "It's just too late."

To get the movie ready for its Dec. 25 release date, Scott had to raise additional funds and rearrange cast and crew members for reshoots, reports the AP. He recalls spending 36 hours on the phone figuring out the logistics. Scott said Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg, the other stars of the film, responded quickly. "They were all ready. Michelle said, 'I'll do it.' She might have been in the middle of a film,'" Scott said. "Mark was needed for a day and a half." The entire reshoot took nine days. Part of the rush to finish the film was self-imposed: Danny Boyle's FX series Trust, also about the Getty kidnapping, debuts next month, so Scott felt the original release date had to be met. As for whether Scott will release a director's cut with Spacey's work: "Over my dead body. No."

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