Weeks after multiple men came forward accusing Spacey of sexual misconduct over the years, Scott announced he would be re-shooting several scenes in order to cut out the House of Cards star from the upcoming hostage-thriller.
While Plummer has valiantly accepted his duty to replace Spacey in the film, the 87-year-old is still reeling from the Tony-winner’s fall from grace as accusations continue to pour out. Although maybe he should be reeling more for the alleged victims…
Speaking to Vanity Fair at the premiere of The Man Who Invented Christmas on Sunday, Plummer said of the scandal:
“I think it’s very sad what happened to him. Kevin is such a talented and a terrifically gifted actor, and it’s so sad. It’s such a shame. That’s all I can say, because that’s it.”
We’re not so sure it’s as sad for Spacey as it is for the people he allegedly assaulted and harassed.
But the show must go on, indeed, and Plummer made it clear there’s no time to waste. The film, which was already completed before the re-shoot announcement, remains on track for it’s December 22 release.
With a grueling filming schedule ahead of him, Plummer has been studying the film’s script whenever he has downtime during his press tour — and despite the sad circumstances surrounding the recast, Plummer can’t complain about his new gig. He continued:
“Although the situation is very sad. I’m very saddened by what happened to Kevin, but what can I do? I’ve got a role. I admire Ridley Scott and I’m thrilled to be making a movie for him. And so I thought, that was it. Ages ago I was in contention for [the role], way back. So I was familiar with it, and then Ridley came to me and I agreed. I wanted to work with him. He’s very good. I loved the script. The script is wonderful.”
Sounds like a smart move. Do YOU think it will pay off in the box office?
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