Although the reshoots of All the Money in the World have ended up costing a pretty penny, that price doesn’t include additional payments to the film’s actors. When Ridley Scott announced the recasting of Kevin Spacey and the reshooting of 22 scenes in the wake of sexual assault allegations against Spacey, many were left wondering exactly how much of an impact the changes would have on the movie.
In the end, these reshoots nearly went off seamlessly, with All the Money in the World coming extremely close to keeping its original release date of December 22. Although the movie did eventually have to be pushed back to Christmas Day, it’s impressive that the production was able to pull off the reshoots within the planned period.
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The movie’s stars were more than happy to pick up those reshoots for free, as well. As reported by USA Today, the likes of Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams flew back to Europe and completed the required reshoots free of charge. “Everyone did it for nothing,” explained Ridley Scott with regards to the 22 scenes that were reshot. “They all came in for free.”
The reshoots were not entirely free, of course, with the film’s crew paid alongside Christopher Plummer who was brought in to replace Spacey. However, it certainly appears as though the drive to try and salvage the film in the face of the sexual assault allegations far outweighed any financial motive, and that came from the film’s stars as much as its director.
Michelle Williams, who plays Gail Harris in the movie, explained that “I just thought that this experience that we had all treasured was going to be essentially flushed down the toilet.” With that in mind, Williams gave up her Thanksgiving in order to take part in the reshoots:
“I said I’d be wherever they needed me, whenever they needed me. And they could have my salary, they could have my holiday, whatever they wanted. Because I appreciated so much that they were making this massive effort.”
All the Money in the World tells the true story of the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty’s grandson in Rome. Williams plays the boy’s mother, while Plummer takes on the role of John Paul Getty himself. Mark Wahlberg plays ex-CIA operative Fletcher Chase, who is sent to Rome to oversee the investigation.
Off the back of the reshoots, All the Money in the World has earned itself some Golden Globe nominations, with Plummer’s performance earning a nomination for best supporting actor. Whether or not the movie is able to win in any of its categories, the nominations alone send a strong message: that misconduct and predatory behavior will not be tolerated, and that no one person is irreplaceable.
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Source: USA Today