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Up until last month, moviegoers were expecting to see Kevin Spacey portray J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World. However, when the numerous sexual harassment allegations directed towards Spacey started flowing in, director Ridley Scott decided to cut the actor out of the movie and bring in Christopher Plummer to play Getty instead. Thanks to speedy reshoots, nearly all of Spacey's scenes in All the Money in the World now have been replaced with Plummer's performance. However, Scott has confirmed that there is still one shot of Spacey kept in the finalized cut.
As The Tracking Board editor-in-chief Jeff Sneider recently noted on his Twitter page, film critic Jeff Wells noticed a single shot of Kevin Spacey's J. Paul Getty in an All the Money in the World screening, to which Ridley Scott responded, "Good catch." For those worried about continuity issues, this particular shot wasn't a close-up of Getty's face. So unless you're eagle-eyed like Wells, it's unlikely you'll notice this shot jump out at you as the movie is playing. For the other 99% of the All the Money in the World, it's Christopher Plummer portraying the industrialist, just like TriStar Pictures wants it. But for those of you particularly eager to find this shot, you can always scan for it when All the Money in the World comes out on home video.
Kevin Spacey's removal from All the Money in the World came in early November, when the movie was only six weeks away from arriving in theaters. Ridley Scott subsequently brought in Christopher Plummer, who was reportedly Scott's original choice to play J. Paul Getty, but studio executives were supposedly insistent that the director cast Spacey, who was a "bigger name." The All the Money in the World reshoots (which could have cost as much as $10 million) began on November 20 and concluded on November 29, with Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams returning to reprise their roles.
Based on the book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty, All the Money in the World follows John Paul Getty III's kidnapping at the hands of an organized crime syndicate. When J. Paul Getty, a.k.a. John's grandfather, refuses to pay the ransom, John's mother, Gail Harris, works with former CIA agent Fletcher Chase to either free John themselves or convince the elder Getty to change his mind and provide the money. All the Money in the World has already secured three Golden Globe nominations: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama and Best Director - Motion Picture.
All the Money in the World arrives in theaters on December 25. For those wondering what movies are coming out over the next 12 months, you can find release date information in our 2018 premiere guide.