Scenes for the upcoming thriller drama film “All the Money in the World”, directed by Sir Ridley Scott, were shot this week in Jordan, precisely in the south in Wadi Rum.
This is the third time the British renowned director choses Jordan for his films, after “Prometheus” in 2012 and “The Martian” in 2015; the latter was shot on location in Wadi Rum for eight consecutive days. Scott is known for his atmospheric unique visual style. And it is precisely “the beauty of Wadi Rum” that keeps on attracting him, as he says, as well as “the very nice people to work with”.
“All the Money in the World” tells the story of Paul Getty, who built an oil empire becoming one of the richest people on earth in the 70’s. It follows the kidnapping of his grand-son John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempts of the mother to get the boy’s grandfather pay the ransom. The film will be released on December 8 and stars Kevin Spacey, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, Charlie Plummer, Timothy Hutton and Ghassan Massoud.
Mark Wahlberg, who plays the role of Fletcher Chase - an ex-CIA agent who helped strike a deal with the kidnappers - was amazed by his short visit to Jordan, describing the “incredible setting” of Wadi Rum as “spectacular”. He found working with the Jordanian crew “fantastic, as they are extremely experienced, very knowledgeable and very helpful.” Eager to come back, Wahlberg hopes to be invited to play in a movie with a Jordanian filmmaker!
The Syrian actor Ghassan Massoud, who has extensive experience in Arab TV series and has played in Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven”, believes that Arab actors should play in their local community as if playing for Hollywood.
Out of the 360 people who worked on this one-day shoot, 290 Jordanians were employed, including those working in logistics and the local community. The Jordan expenditure is quite important, considering the short time spent in the country. The production got a much-appreciated support from the Jordanian Armed Forces, the Royal Air Force and the local Government entities. Commenting on the local crew,
Mark Huffam who has produced many of Scott’s films, said: “You couldn’t get more enthusiastic crew anywhere and they seem to be enjoying what they are doing, which makes it more enjoyable for us. We’ve had so much help from the authorities on every occasion and from the Royal family. Prince Ali has been incredibly helpful to us”. He concluded: “We have nothing but good experiences here. We find it a very user-friendly place to film”.
At the end of the shoot that managed to cover a two-time period (1948 and 1972) in the story, Ridley Scott said: “I was here, a couple of years ago, for two weeks for The Martian. I am delighted (to be back). I love it here”.
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About The Royal Film Commission – Jordan:
The Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC) is a public institution, with administrative and financial autonomy, established in 2003 with a mandate to promote for and contribute to the development of an internationally competitive Jordanian audio-visual industry. The RFC organizes training workshops, screenings and provides production support services.