Donald Sutherland stars as bizarre billionaire J Paul Getty in the true story of his grandson’s kidnapping…
This gripping 10-part series tells the true story of the
1973 kidnapping of billionaire oil tycoon J Paul Getty’s grandson. Captors hope for a huge ransom, but things turn nasty when Getty (Donald Sutherland) refuses to pay up. Also starring Amanda Drew and Hilary
Oil magnate J Paul Getty was one of the world’s richest men, but he was also one of the meanest. Worth $2billion, he had pay phones installed at his sprawling British mansion, Sutton Place in Surrey, for family and guests to use.
Hollywood star Donald
Sutherland, 83, stars as the tycoon in BBC2’s new 10-part series
Trust, which opens in 1973 when one of
Getty’s sons stabs himself to death with a barbecue fork.
Getty is unmoved by the tragedy.
‘He has an inability to love, which is so sad,’ says Donald Sutherland. ‘He would love to be able to love, but something always prevents it.’
When Getty’s grandson, John Paul Getty III (played by Harris Dickinson), arrives for his uncle’s funeral, it offers Getty hope, as he sees the 16-yearold as worthy to be his successor.
But when the teenager heads to Rome and is kidnapped, his grandfather refuses to pay the ransom, which makes headlines around the world. The acclaimed series is based on real-life events, and the all-star cast includes Anna Chancellor, Hilary Swank and Brendan Fraser. ‘It’s a fascinating family,’ says Donald. ‘Why do people stop when they see an accident on the side of the road? The Getty family was an accident on the side of the road.’
• Trust is available as a box set on BBC iPlayer after the first episode has aired on Wednesday.
Family...J Paul Getty (right) with grandsonJohn Paul III (also inset)
Trapped… John Paul Getty IIIis held hostagePowerful portrayal… J Paul Getty was known for his extreme coldness