Ridley Scott Gave Actors 'Tremendous' Freedom on All the Money In the World

Charlie Plummer is an American actor. He drew attention at a young age from Hollywood in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, where he played Margaret Thompson’s son Michael for three seasons. Since then he has become most known for his role of Timmy Sanders in Granite Flats and Jack in King Jack. Now he will be portraying the role of John Paul Getty III in All the Money in the World.

Screen Rant got a chance to talk with Charlie Plummer on Press Day, where we discussed how much Plummer knew prior to the film about the actual historical kidnapping that took place, how Ridley Scott approached directing Plummer through the various sequences in the film, and what were the most challenging scenes for him to approach.

Screen Rant: How cosmic is it though that Christopher Plummer is playing your grandfather, given your last name right?

Charlie Plummer: I know, yeah, it’s cool, it's weird to see our names together, it always kind of trips me up, but he's such a tremendously talented actor, I feel so honored to be next to him.

Screen Rant: Now how much did you know about the actual kidnapping of Paul from history?

Charlie Plummer:I really didn't know much of anything at all. I knew the name, I knew the Getty name, I didn't know anything about the kidnapping before we started - or I mean before I read the script and then when I read the script, that was really my introduction to it. And then once I got the part I did as much research as I possibly could. But yeah, I really didn't know anything about it beforehand.

Screen Rant: Can you talk to me about Ridley’s approach of putting you in these situations? Of being like a real-life kind of, held captive, what was Ridley’s approach to that how did he get you into that zone?

Charlie Plummer: I think the thing with working with him is that he gives his actors a tremendous amount of freedom and he really trusted the people. I think he really trusts everyone that he works with and that just comes in the hiring process. I think he feels so confident in everyone who's around him, so he never tried to push me into a crazy place or spin me in circles or anything like that. I think he really trusted you know whatever I was doing, he was liking it and then of course I think the brilliant thing about him is he'd always come in and he’d have one or two things to say that would just completely change everything and make it so much better but that just makes him who he is.

Screen Rant: Now, Ridley describes John Paul Getty, your grandfather in the film as having the balls of a mountain goat I believe, how would you describe John Paul Getty?

Charlie Plummer: Oh man, that’s funny, I don't know, I can’t follow that one, I dunno, I think John Paul Getty to me is a real mystery. . . and I think that that's what makes the film so wonderful to watch, is you're seeing this guy and I found myself desperately trying to understand him and everything he said was like a clue as to who this person is.

But I think Christopher does such a brilliant job at conveying that and that's my favorite kind of performance, at least when I'm always trying to figure out I think I figured it out and then I'm like oh nowhere even close but I think by the end of the film you do kind of get a sense of who this person is and where his priorities are.

Screen Rant: So, what was, what were some of the most challenging scenes for you in this because I mean, it looked terrible, you know?

Charlie Plummer: Yeah well a lot, I think all of the scenes are pretty challenging and that's why I enjoyed it so much, but I mean certainly the ear choppin’ off scene is a tough one and some scenes toward the end, but even like the first scene in the film, I enjoyed it a lot, but I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to make that, you know, for the audience to really connect with that because that's the only time you see this character before this awful thing has happened to him.

Screen Rant: Right, now, obviously there's been a little bit of reshoots on this film. Your character is kind of like around, well, not really part of that so much but did the reshoots affect you at all?

Charlie Plummer: Not at all, I was just totally you know watching from afar.

Screen Rant: Anything that you can take away from your experience working with Ridley as an actor now?

Charlie Plummer: Oh certainly, so much! Almost too much, but never too much because you know, he's one of the greatest alive, but I've talked a lot about it, but I think the work ethic is something that I really took away and you can, I mean, everyone can see it now in how hard he works for what he loves and also how much fun he has while doing it and the joy that he experiences while making this movie, even despite all the stressful things that have you know, hit around while this whole process has gone on.

MORE: Our All the Money in the World Interview with Ridley Scott and Christopher Plummer

Key Release Dates
  • All the Money in the World (2017) release date: Dec 25, 2017
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