Following the decision of director Ridley Scott to recast and reshoot all of Spacey’s scenes in the upcoming J. Paul Getty biopic due to several allegations of sexual harassment against Spacey, Christopher Plummer stepped in to take on the role of the renowned billionaire oil tycoon.
During the Sunday premiere of upcoming movie The Man Who Invented Christmas, Plummer talked to ET about replacing Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World.
“It isn’t replacing. In a funny way it’s starting all over again because it’s going to be different, naturally,” Plummer clarified.
The 87-year-old actor said that he felt no hesitation at taking on the role of Spacey, because he had been in previous talks to play Getty before the House of Cards actor was cast. “At one point we were discussing doing it in the early days,” Plummer said.
Scott has been open about wanting to have the movie ready for its original release date of Dec. 22, despite the cost of reshoots and the time it will take.
“Yeah, it’s quite a push,” Plummer said of the schedule, adding that they plan to start filming next Monday.
The Oscar-winning actor is also starring in The Man Who Invented Christmas as a different iconic rich misanthrope, Ebenezer Scrooge, and according to him, portraying a famed literary character was “marvelous.”
“It’s a great classic role. He’s a wonderful villain and then he’s a heart of gold suddenly,” Plummer shared. “It couldn’t be better!”
The movie, which features the real-life author Charles Dickens, will hit theatres on Nov. 22.