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Christopher Plummer talks about replacing Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott's new movie

14 November 2017, 10:35 | Israel Caldwell

Image via Focus Features

Image via Focus Features

I think it was very sad what happened to him. Kevin is such a talented and a terrifically gifted actor, and it's so sad. "Although the situation is very sad", he added.

He's also under no illusions about the gargantuan task of filming the role for a December release, admitting that it will be "quite a push".

This decision was taken due to the sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced against Spacey almost two weeks ago. "It's so sad, it's such a shame, and that's all I can say". The move followed allegations that the actor made sexual advances toward several minors in the past, including Broadway's Anthony Rapp.

It was announced last week that 58-year-old Spacey would be cut out of Ridley Scott's latest biopic, which would have seen him take on the role of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. Although the Motion Picture Association of America will need to watch the film again after the replacement is complete, and it typically takes 28 days for their review process, they will expedite the review to accommodate the studio.

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In a shocking move, Scott made a decision to pull the thriller amidst the allegations of sexual assault and harassment involving Spacey and re-shoot the scenes with Plummer with the co-operation of stars Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams.

"It isn't replacing. In a amusing way it's starting all over again because it's going to be different, naturally", Plummer told Entertainment Tonight. And so I thought, that was it. Ages ago I was in contention for [the role], way back.

Plummer's response, which would probably spark Twitter backlash if people weren't so busy debating Colin Kaepernick's GQ Citizen of the Year honor, comes just about a month after filmmaker Woody Allen found himself in hot water for using the same term, "sad," to describe the onslaught of allegations against Harvey Weinstein. "I admire Ridley very much", Plummer explained to a gaggle of journalists when he was asked how he became involved. I wanted to work with him. And then Ridley came to me, and I jumped at it, because I loved the script ... "The script is wonderful".

The Academy Award winning actor also revealed that he hasn't spoken to Kevin Spacey about taking the part, before then briefly addressing the scandal, too.

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