You really do need to take a minute and grasp just how unheard of Ridley Scott's decision was to recast Kevin Spacey in All The Money In The World - and how he managed to pull it all off in just nine days, too.
Not only that, Scott's handling of the whole thing has been pretty incredible - ably shifting the conversation from what Spacey was like on-set or any of the rumours surrounding him - to, well, being Ridley Scott and not giving a s**t what anyone thinks. However, in an interview with BBC from earlier today, Scott finally talked about the decision to cut Spacey out of the film.
"The film wouldn't have gone out if I hadn't done it," said Scott. "I was completely taken by surprise, but honestly, within an hour, my commercial head starts to click in and I realised I had to do something about it immediately." Of course, the choice of Spacey's replacement was an easy one - as Christopher Plummer was Ridley Scott's initial first choice for the role.
However, when asked about whether or not the decision to remove Spacey was a moral or commercial one, Scott wasn't so sure. "That's tricky, I think it was a little bit of both. But moral is a word we could talk about for the next two hours... initially it was a commercial decision, which would be a little hand-in-hand with a moral decision."