The lengths that Ridley Scott went to in replacing Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer for his upcoming movie All The Money In The World have been detailed.
The movie had to undergo reshoots in recent weeks after Spacey was replaced by Plummer following accusations of sexual misconduct, assault and harassment made against the House of Cards actor. Spacey issued a statement following the claims, saying that he was “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment”.
With All The Money In The World still set to be released on Friday (December 22), Scott had very little time to edit the film if it was still to hit cinemas on time.
A new Hollywood Reporter story reveals how Scott added $10 million to the movie’s budget and filmed nearly 400 new shots over nine days in Italy and the UK.
“It would have been a pity if the film were completely neglected because of what happened,” Scott said.
“I jumped into it immediately saying, ‘I can fix this. We’re going to have to recast, make sure everyone was available and the locations were available so I could go back as soon as possible and pick up every shot that [Spacey] was in.”
It has been revealed that some scenes were entirely redone, with Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg returning for the reshoots.
“We staged them in a similar way, but we adapted a little based on the performance and the dynamic between the actors,” cinematographer Dariusz Wolski said of the reshoots.
However, other shots combined new footage of Plummer in the place of Spacey in the original footage.
Green screen was only used once, according to the report, for a shot that was filmed in Jordan. This was because it was seen as “impractical to return”.
“We were pressured with time, and the two gave very different performances, so it wasn’t just a question of replacing [Spacey with Plummer],” editor Claire Simpson said.
Simpson added: “The rhythm was very different, his emphasis on the dialogue was very different, and that impacted the other performances in the scene. So we decided to replace complete scenes.”
Supervising sound editor Oliver Tarney said: “There were some great nuanced deliveries from the original scenes that made it into the new… The sound effects were conformed into the new scenes… It’s mostly a mix of old and new.”
Watch the Plummer-starring trailer for All The Money In The World above. The actor has received a Best Actor Golden Globes nomination for the role.