Ridley Scott may be more known for his supernatural space thrillers, but he’s no alien to true crime. His latest film, All the Money in the World, dramatizes the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, the grandson of the J. Paul Getty—the richest private citizen in the world according to the 1966 Guinness Book of World Records. The movie follows the kidnapping, his mother’s frantic plea for her son’s safe return, and Getty’s stubborn frugality with his massive fortune.
Getty initially declined to pay his grandson’s ransom, stating that if he did, his other 14 grandchildren could also be kidnapped at some point. After the kidnappers sent a daily newspaper a lock of hair and a human ear, Getty agreed to pay a ransom. But he famously negotiated the amount to about $2.9 million (down from the original $17 million demanded) and agreed to pay no more than $2.2 million since that was the maximum that was tax deductible. He then loaned the rest of the money to his son with a 4% interest rate.
Starring Kevin Spacey, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, and Charlie Plummer, All the Money in the World is set to premiere on December 8, 2017.
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