IS IN THE MONEY…
He might have lost Spider-Man to Tom Holland, but Charlie Plummer is on the Hollywood fast track. Winning Best Young Actor at the Venice Film Festival for forthcoming indie Lean On Pete, the Poughkeepsie-born 18-year-old now hits screens in Ridley Scott’s Getty drama All The Money In The World. “Everyone was at the top of their craft,” he says. “That was eye-opening to me.”
What appealed to you about playing kidnap victim John Paul Getty III in
All The Money In The World?
I loved getting to work on that character. It’s a very specific story of this guy who has this rock-star life, where he’s hanging out with the Rolling Stones and Andy Warhol and he’s 16 and he’s taken away from all that. He goes from 100 to zero very quickly. He’s in captivity for five months and all of these awful, violent things happen to him.
You’re also in Andrew Haigh’s drama How was that?
Lean On Pete.
It was a very intense process for me. It was physically and emotionally exhausting. I’d just turned 17 and I was getting the sense of becoming an adult and everything that comes with that. Also, it was added on to an incredible story and an incredible character.
You come from an artistic background, right?
Yeah, my mum’s a theatre actor, my dad’s a writer. They were against me acting because they know how tough it can be, especially for a kid. Which is why I wouldn’t recommend it necessarily to anybody unless they were really passionate about it.
You came close to playing SpiderMan. How was that experience?
In a lot of ways, it was a really heartbreaking thing to not get that opportunity, but now… I don’t know. There was a conversation that it was down to me and Tom, who got it. I hung out with Tom for a while. It was a weird, crazy, surreal experience. JM
ETA | 2018 / ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD IS IN CINEMAS NOW. LEAN ON PETE OPENS IN MAY.