Ridley Scott’s latest film, the fact-based period drama “All the Money in the World,” is destined for the Hollywood history books, thanks to its on-the-fly recasting, super-snappy reshoots, and quick rush into theaters mere weeks after one-time star Kevin Spacey was entirely excised from the film. Director Scott made the choice to cut Spacey — and replace him with Christopher Plummer, who he reportedly wanted for the part of J. Paul Getty anyway — after Spacey was hit with a slew of sexual assault and harassment allegations in October.
By early November, cameras were already rolling on Plummer and a number of necessary reshoots. By December, the film was in theaters.
For Scott and his cast and crew, the decision to snip Spacey and add in Plummer was viewed as a must-do proposition, though a wild, ambitious, and very expensive one. Plummer’s turn in the film has hardly been without accolades either, and on Oscar Sunday, he will go up against a stacked Best Supporting Actor category in hopes of walking away with yet another gold statuette.
As Scott and some of his compatriots — including stars Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg — explain, the end justified the means, even Oscar glory aside. In our exclusive featurette from the film’s upcoming digital, Blu-ray, and DVD release, they explain exactly why.
“All the Money in the World” will be available on Digital on March 27, with Blu-ray and DVD to follow on April 10. The home video release of the film will also include 8 deleted scenes, a featurette chronicling the film’s production, and a featurette focused on the real-world people that inspired its key characters.
Check out our exclusive featurette, titled “Recast, Reshot, Reclaimed,” below.