‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Christopher Plummer (‘All the Money in the World’)

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Christopher Plummer (‘All the Money in the World’)
The legendary actor of stage and screen, who made his film debut 60 years ago and, at 88, is still going strong, reflects on why he long felt that being angry and drunk were musts for an actor, why he has conflicted feelings about 'The Sound of Music' and what it was like reshooting all of Kevin Spacey's scenes in nine days for Ridley Scott.
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“I love this profession, I really do,” says the legendary stage and screen actor Christopher Plummer as we sit down at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills to record an episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast. “It has never been anything but great fun to me — never, even under the worst, most boring, awful circumstances. Actually, that’s even funnier — if you learn to laugh at those moments, you can really build up a good laugh for the whole of your life.”

Plummer, 88, is best known for playing Captain Von Trapp opposite Julie Andrews‘ Maria in Robert Wise‘s classic 1965 musical The Sound of Music. His other big-screen credits, over the course of 60 years in film, include Sidney Lumet‘s Stage Struck, Anthony Mann‘s The Fall of the Roman Empire, Robert Mulligan‘s Inside Daisy Clover, John Huston‘s The Man Who Would Be King, Bob Clark‘s Murder by Decree, Spike Lee‘s Malcolm X (1992), Terry Gilliam‘s 12 Monkeys (1995), Michael Mann‘s The Insider (1999), Ron Howard‘s A Beautiful Mind (2001), Terrence Malick‘s The New World, Pete Docter‘s Up, Michael Hoffman‘s The Last Station (2009), for which he received his first Oscar nomination at 81, Mike MillsBeginners (2010), for which he won his first Oscar, becoming, at 82, the oldest person ever to win a competitive acting Oscar, and David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011).

But never has Plummer experienced anything quite like what he did on his latest project, Ridley Scott‘s All the Money in the World. Indeed, Plummer, at Scott’s desperate request, went to work on the film, as J. Paul Getty, after it had already been completed with Kevin Spacey in that part. Spacey had just become engulfed in a sexual misconduct scandal, jeopardizing the movie’s future, and Scott didn’t want to take any chances. In just nine days, Plummer and Scott re-filmed all of Spacey’s work and, for his efforts, Plummer received a best supporting actor Golden Globe Award nomination. He might well receive a best supporting actor Oscar nomination, too, on Jan. 23.

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