“Extra” spoke with actor Christopher Plummer at the New York premiere of "The Man Who Invented Christmas," in which he plays Scrooge, just hours before he is set to take on his next role: replacing Kevin Spacey in the upcoming Ridley Scott-directed film "All the Money in the World."
In an unprecedented move, Spacey, enduring a potentially career-ending scandal after over a dozen men have come forward to allege sexual impropriety on his part, is being removed from the finished film weeks before its scheduled release.
Plummer, 87, pointed out that he doesn’t see any challenges in taking over the role so quickly, explaining, “None at all. That wasn’t the problem. Someone has to do it, Ridley and I talked about this before long ago, so it wasn’t completely new to me.”
The release date for the film, in which he plays the late industrialist J. Paul Getty, is still set for December 22. He admitted, “It’s going to be very tough, but very exciting.” The actor is pleased with the role, sharing, “I’m fascinated by doing real people.”
Also happy with his role in “The Man Who Invented Christmas," Plummer commented, “I love that character... I have known so many Scrooges.”
The Oscar winner told "Extra" the script of director Bharat Nalluri's film is a humorous origin story of "A Christmas Carol," dishing, "It’s a funny take on it. I love what [the screenwriter's] done, Susan Cohen, she’s done it with such imagination that [Charles Dickens] has writer’s block and his own characters come and help him out.”