Here’s a stylish and intriguing trailer for Trust, the upcoming FX series that recounts the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, whose grandfather was founder of the eponymous oil company and filthy rich beyond imagining and yet still resisted paying the ransom.
“Trust” revolves around the bizarre 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, who initially concocted the scheme in an effort to wring money out of his oil-money family — but things went awry when the kidnappers turned on him while his grandfather dragged out negotiations. Donald Sutherland plays patriarch J. Paul Getty Sr., while Harris Dickinson is Getty III. Hilary Swank plays Getty III’s mother, Gail.
This is not to be confused with the other Getty kidnapping project that just dropped, All the Money in the World, which is of course the movie where Ridley Scott hurriedly replaced Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer. This one stars Donald Sutherland and Hilary Swank and is directed by Danny Boyle, who made Slumdog Millionaire and 28 Days Later. Also, it’s got Brendan Frasier in a cowboy hat.
The Getty family dynamics appear to have been, as Vanity Fair explains in a piece about All the Money in the World, quite dysfunctional:
Scarpa points out that his grandson’s kidnapping coincided with “the oil crisis of 1973, when the price of oil skyrocketed to the point where Getty’s profits daily would’ve been enough to pay the ransom. Yet the wealthier he became, the more dependent he became on money, like an addict.” Getty was said to be worth approximately $2 billion at the time, a number not adjusted for inflation.
Though he had not seen his grandson often, Getty still disapproved of Paul, according to Pearson, because he was a hippie and because Getty “had heard enough about him to believe that he was like his father, and he wanted nothing to do with either until they changed their ways.”
It is absolutely possible to have too much money. Honestly, tax the mega-rich for their own good.