Kevin Spacey axed in latest film as allegations continue

Based on a true story, All the Money in the World details the harrowing 1973 kidnapping of J. Paul Getty's 16-year-old grandson, J. Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer, no relation), and Getty's refusal to comply with the kidnappers' demands. The actor, who is facing serious accusations of sexual misconduct, has a notable role in the film, and his involvement has already seen Sony tone down its Oscar promotion for the movie.

Movie cast agreed to re-shoot all scenes involving Spacey, who played the part of a reclusive, aging oil tycoon and donned heavy makeup and prosthetics and replacing him with actor Christopher Plummer. The reshoots, as you might expect, will begin immediately, since the film's release date is December 22. It's not an entirely impossible task to redo his scenes, as much of the film focuses on Michelle Williams as Gail Harris and Mark Wahlberg as Fletcher Chase, Getty's assistant. We'll keep you posted. So, basically, this was a good move for everyone, except Kevin Spacey. Imperative Entertainment financed the film, and Friedkin and Thomas produced along with Scott Free's Scott and Kevin J. Walsh, Quentin Curtis and Chris Clark. The studio additionally pulled the film from what would have been an Oscar-bait slot at the American Film Institute's November film festival.

Former television news anchor Heather Unruh said that her son did not report the crime at the time, largely out of embarrassment and fear, The Independent wrote.

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The decision to erase Spacey comes after a string of allegations about the actor's predatory sexual behaviour.

Spacey has said that he does not remember the incident Rapp describes, but apologised in a statement for any "inappropriate drunken behaviour" he might have displayed. Not only was he recast in All the Money in the World, he was also fired from Netflix's House of Cards.

Vox has reached out to Spacey's representatives for comment.

  • Michelle Webb