Christopher Plummer, who has been tapped to take over the role of John Paul Getty from Spacey in the upcoming Sony film All the Money in the World, commented on the sexual-misconduct scandal that brought on the last-minute recasting.
"Kevin is such a talented and a terrifically gifted actor, and it's so sad", Plummer told Vanity Fair at the premiere of The Man Who Invented Christmas on Sunday in NY. "The whole circumstance is sad". And then Ridley came to me, and I jumped at it, because I loved the script ...
The Oscar victor also explained that he felt no real hesitation at taking on the role after Spacey, because he had already been in talks to play Getty before the House of Cards actor was cast.
He also explained that he isn't really "replacing" Spacey because they were "starting all over again", saying: "It isn't replacing".
Although the reshoots are expected to take some time, Deadline reported that Scott is determined to keep the film's December 22 release date.
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"It isn't replacing. In a amusing way it's starting all over again because it's going to be different, naturally", Plummer said. The hope is that with Spacey removed from the film, All the Money in the World can still make its presence felt during awards season, and maybe grab enough gold to boost box office and help Imperative make back some of the money they'll be spending to make it seem like Kevin Spacey was never a part of their production.
The reshooting comes after actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey of trying to seduce him in 1986 when Rapp was 14.
In a statement posted to his Twitter account, Spacey apologised to the actor, saying he did not remember the incident.
Spacey was dropped from the film last week after increasing number of sexual assault allegations against him.
CNN reported that eight current and former employees of House of Cards, who were not identified, alleged sexual misconduct against Spacey.