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Each fall, Plummer and his wife, Elaine Taylor, transform into snowbirds, moving their home base from Weston, Connecticut, to Palm Beach, Florida. But this year, those plans were waylaid in a major way when Plummer, 88, got a call in November about replacing disgraced actor Kevin Spacey in Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World, a herculean and nearly unprecedented effort considering that the movie — recounting the kidnapping of J. Paul Getty’s grandson — was done and scheduled for a Christmas release. Plummer said yes and was on set three days later. His nomination for his portrayal of the elder Getty makes him the oldest thespian ever nominated for an Oscar. He’s also the oldest to win one, a distinction he earned in 2012 with his supporting actor victory for Beginners.

Did you and Ridley Scott know each other before this film?

I’ve always admired him as a filmmaker, and I’ve always wanted to work with him. And I nearly did because Russell Crowe was very, very decent and kept pounding on Ridley’s chest that he wanted me to be in Gladiator and play the part that Richard Harris played.

Did Ridley himself call you?

No, it was Lou Pitt, who has been my manager and friend for years and years. He said Ridley wanted to fly over from London. We met at the Four Seasons in New York in some awful, businesslike room. We sat looking at each other. There was a lot of silence. Then he explained that I would only have nine days to do the reshoots. I told him I needed to read the script. When I read it, I was surprised because the part was much larger than I imagined. I thought, “My God, how am I going to be able to do this in nine days?” I said to myself, “Oh, hell with it, let’s do it.” I like taking risks.

Do you know Kevin Spacey?

I know Kevin a little. I had no time to even consider him. I was thrilled to take this job because I thought the script was terribly well written.

Did you have any tricks during those nine days?

I didn’t want my memory to be affected, so I cut out the wine., Forum discussion and sharing News from home and abroad. Starting from the ideological, political, economic, social and cultural.

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