Movie director Ridley Scott says he is confident of finishing reshoots on “All the Money in the World” in time for its planned December release after a scramble to replace actor Kevin Spacey because of sexual misconduct allegations.
Scott told Entertainment Weekly in an on-set interview that work on the Sony Pictures movie “All the Money in the World” was near completion after a nine day emergency reshoot in Rome and London.
“They’re going to see it. I may have to do a couple of technical things to make it land completely technically, but it’s really already done… I’ve done it,” Scott said in the interview published on Wednesday.
In an extraordinary move, Scott announced on Nov. 8 that he was removing Spacey entirely from the film and reshooting his scenes with Christopher Plummer in the role of late U.S. oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty.
The movie is due to open in movie theaters as scheduled on Dec. 22 is the true story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.
Scott’s decision followed claims of sexual misconduct against Spacey by multiple men. Spacey issued an apology for the first reported incident, involving actor Anthony Rapp. Reuters could not independently confirm the allegations.
Hours after the story was published, the two-time Oscar winner made a public apology via his social media account.
“I have a lot of respect and admiration for Anthony Rapp as an actor,” Kevin wrote. “I am beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter as it would have been over 30 years ago. But if I did behave then as he describes I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior and I am sorry for the feelings he described having carried with him all these years.”
He continued, “This story has encouraged me to address other things in my life…I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.”
Soon after the apology was posted, many Internet users reacted harshly to his statement, saying that the actor used his coming out to deflect to the matter at hand, which was his being inappropriate with a minor.
After Spacey’s message, Rapp posted a message on Twitter that stated: “Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time.”
Since Rapp’s allegations, a wave of people have come forward both to condemn and accuse the 58-year-old of being inappropriate. Spacey has lost his role on HoC, as well being replaced in “All the Money in the World”and his role in the upcoming Netflix film Gore.
The British film “All the Money in the World” director said he decided to reshoot Spacey’s scenes because he feared the publicity would damage the film, which was seen as a potential Hollywood awards season contender.
Spacey is seeking unspecified treatment and a representative did not respond to a request on Wednesday for comment.
Hollywood trade paper Variety has reported that re-shoot would cost about $10 million – one quarter of the already $40 million production budget for “All the Money in the World.” Sony Pictures has declined to comment on costs.
Asked for the movie studio’s reaction to his decision, Scott replied.
“They were like, ‘You’ll never do it. God be with you’,” he laughed.