Staying true to convictions

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Jan 2018 10:24:55


ALL the Money In The World follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his mother Gail to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. Director Ridley Scott talks about his labour of love. 

Excerpts: On the storyline
Grandson was taken and the event goes on for 4 and half months. Apparently, the internal strife that occurs which tears the family apart is between John Paul Getty and the mother because Getty will not pay the ransom and Getty instead says that “I’m not going to pay anything, I am not going to negotiate” so that is the core that goes right through the film
On Why Getty wouldn’t pay the ransom – The idea that a man will not give in or will not say that I can afford 17 million dollars like lunch, you have to think about it. I can negotiate that, I can set pretty easily, I can afford 7 like having breakfast but he would not bend to that pressure. In that sense, you’ve got a very unemotional, on the surface, policy to that and I will not be blackmailed until I want to be blackmailed because if he did, if he paid himself then all his 14 grandchildren, his entire family, they’re going to take everybody.

On Michelle Williams - Michelle is a rare bird, a many layered artist who takes it very seriously. The material we found on Gail was limited. Press would raid her car, her doorways, get her on camera when she would have to address the press On Charlie Plummer and his character - He looks like an adult and someone who has experienced the world but he has a boyish charisma. It’s why I wanted to open the film under the Via Veneto, like in ‘La Dolce Vita,’ one of my favorite films. It was where the Euro trash and prostitutes and trust fund kids would hang out alongside film stars and paparazzi. To see a 17-year-old, out at night by himself there, looking at women, meeting these beautiful Italian street walkers who are a little bit older than him and he handles himself very well, he’s very assured. It’s a good intro to him, it tells you everything about him immediately.