Mast fall the story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III was told in the film All the Money in the World, which earned Christopher Plummer an Oscar nomination for his performance as J. Paul Getty Sr.
And as so often happens in the entertainment industry, FX was concurrently developing its own project about the Getty family and the 1973 kidnapping of its young scion and heir to the family fortune, Trust.
The advantage of Trust with its 10-episode season, is it is more fully able to delve into the true-life events of one of America’s wealthiest families and the shocking development in the case when J. Paul Getty (Donald Sutherland) refused to pay a single cent to obtain his grandson’s release.
Last week on Trust, that news led to unforeseen consequences in Italy. So, on Sunday night’s episode, Paul (Harris Dickinson) gets to know his captors, while Primo (Luca Marinelli), one of the kidnappers, opens a channel of communication with Paul’s mother Gail (Hilary Swank), who, while willing to pay for her son’s release, doesn’t have the funds as she walked away with no cash when she divorced Paul’s father in order to keep custody of her children.
Parade.com spoke to Swank about her take on this event in the life of the Getty family and what she would do if she had Getty-like money. Continue reading Trust Star Hilary Swank on Her Belief that Money Can’t Solve All Your Problems
The question makes two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank blush.
“You were fired from ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’?”
Wait, wait. Let her explain. About 20 years ago, Swank joined Fox’s popular young adult drama that had already made mega-celebrities of its cast members, including Luke Perry and Shannen Doherty. She played cash-strapped single mom Carly Reynolds, the love interest to perpetually immature Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering).
But roughly half-way into her first season — the show’s eighth — she got called in for a meeting by producers.
“They were like, ‘Look, it’s not working,” Swank recalls on a recent afternoon. “And I couldn’t move. I was like, ‘What’s not working? Me? Am I bad? I’m not working because I’m bad?’”
It turns out that fans had written in saying they preferred Steve unattached. “I … yeah,” Swank says, still finding it hard to put her befuddlement into words.
What happened next, of course, is a crowning example of everything happening for a reason. The hurt over her unceremonious firing evaporated a few months later when she was cast in “Boys Don’t Cry” as real-life transgender man Brandon Teena who was raped and murdered in 1993. The 1999 film earned her a lead actress Oscar, launching a career that included a second lead actress Oscar in 2004 for “Million Dollar Baby,” making her “90210’s most decorated veteran — even if her film résumé has been uneven. Continue reading Two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank returns to TV in FX’s Trust
Danny Boyle and creator Simon Beaufoy say they have much more Getty family saga to mine after the infamous kidnapping story of John Paul Getty III.
The kidnapping of John Paul Getty III is a famous story, but it hasn’t been told the way FX’s new drama Trust will show — and the team behind the series says there’s much more to tell when it comes to the Getty family saga.
“Way, way back, we envisioned this as a five-season series,” exec producer Danny Boyle, who also directs the first three episodes, tells The Hollywood Reporter of his and creator Simon Beaufoy’s plan of bringing the Gettys to FX. “Then they rationalized it — and intensified it — down to three.”
Trust is inspired by the actual events surrounding the disappearance of the teen grandson to J. Paul Getty Sr. (played by Donald Sutherland) and heir to the Getty oil fortune, and takes place in 1973. During the course of 10 episodes, the drama will take a deep dive into the complex kidnapping and the reasons why the richest man in the world refused to pay a multimillion-dollar ransom, which he could certainly afford, in order to return his grandson to safety. Continue reading Trust Bosses Have Three-Season Plan for FX Getty Drama
Hilary Swank apologizes for being late for the interview as she and the publicist for the FX series “Trust” took a wrong turn down a hotel corridor. It’s an understandable mistake, especially when you factor in that it has been a few years since the Oscar-winning actress has been part of any kind of promotional press for a project.
“I took care of my dad who had a lung transplant, which is the hardest thing you can undergo. My dad is doing great now, but it was three really tough years. So, I took three years off and so 2017 is my year of getting back into work,” Swank says. “I did two movies and one TV show in a year.”
The films were “Logan Lucky” and “55 Steps,” while the TV production is “Trust,” a series inspired by true events that examines the trials of one of America’s wealthiest and unhappiest families, the Gettys. The series mixes equal parts family history, dynastic saga and an examination of the corrosive power of money at the heart of every family, rich or poor.
The series begins in 1973 with the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson), an heir to the Getty oil fortune, by the Italian mafia in Rome. His captors banked on a multi-million-dollar ransom. What they discovered was Getty was not prepared to pay a dime without a lengthy negotiation process. Continue reading Hilary Swank had Trust in returning to work
“Money. Sex. Violence. Kidnapping.”
Donald Sutherland, looking meditative over breakfast at an upscale diner here in late January, was contemplating a question: Why were people suddenly fascinated by the Getty family and what happened to them in 1973? How, he added, “did this family who had so much success also have so much failure?”
Mr. Sutherland plays the billionaire J. Paul Getty in the new FX series “Trust,” which debuts on March 25. Like Ridley Scott’s recent movie, “All the Money in the World,” the first season of the show — three different season-long stories about the Gettys are planned — deals with the 1973 kidnapping of the patriarch’s teenage grandson, John Paul Getty III, and the concatenation of family tensions around money and power that frames the event.
“There is an ecosystem around it which is as extraordinary as the kidnapping itself,” said Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “127 Hours”), who directed the first three episodes and is an executive producer on the show alongside the producer Christian Colson and the writer Simon Beaufoy. “An amazingly compelling world emerged out of the research.”
Continue reading The Trust Equation: Wealth and Power Equals Misery