Director Ridley Scott has announced that all the money in the world will not keep Kevin Spacey in his upcoming new film, All The Money in the World. Scott and Sony Pictures, in consensus with the entire cast and crew, will reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes with Christopher Plummer replacing the disgraced actor.
Plummer, who won his first Academy Award in 2010 for Beginners, playing a gay man who comes out late in life, replaces Spacey who came out in real life after he was accused of sexual harassment. Plummer will play gazillionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty who refused to pay the $17 million ransom when his grandson was kidnapped in 1973. While the role may have limited screen time, it is a crucial part of the film. The actor (87) who is nearly thirty years older than Spacey (58), will star opposite Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams. The film is still slated to be released December 22, peak Oscar-bait programming.
Meanwhile, Spacey’s story continues to spiral into something even Ridley Scott might have trouble imagining. After Anthony Rapp’s revelation that he was assaulted at 14 by Spacey, the allegations of sexual misconduct have grown with a ferocity that has likely made Harvey Weinstein sigh with predatory relief. Netflix wasted no time in firing Spacey from the acclaimed series House of Cards after seven (and counting) employees came forward with accusations. Netflix also halted post-production on Gore, Spacey’s Gore Vidal biopic. Perhaps this does a great service to Vidal, who was a highly regarded American gay writer and a vocal critic of political and social injustice and suppression.
As the accusations of sexual misconduct continue to pile up, more of Spacey’s famously secretive personal life rears its ugly head. One of Spacey’s accusers, Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos told Variety that Spacey routinely preyed on younger actors and that, “it is so common that it became a local joke (in poor taste).” Filmmaker Tony Montana revealed to RadarOnline that Spacey once grabbed him in the crotch at a bar in Los Angeles in 2003, saying, “This designates ownership.”
That Spacey’s behavior was an inside “joke” that many knew of, but few called out. This appears to ring true as more men come forward, including Harry Dreyfuss, son of Richard Dreyfuss. This “joke” likely goes as far back as 1995 when Spacey won his first Oscar for his supporting role in The Usual Suspects. The film was directed by Bryan Singer, who has been accused of preying on young men himself, and dealt with a very public criminal allegation of sexual assault a few years back. The director who is currently shooting the Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody in London. It’s likely Singer will soon join those who will not be hired for all the money in the world.