In 2017, 20 men came forward accusing Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct. Since then, many more have come forward, including someone who said Spacey took advantage of him when he was just 14 years old.
Spacey was forced to step away from House of Cards and was recast and reshot in All The Money in the World. It's been four years, and Spacey is still working on legal cases that are open in these and other investigations that have come to light. But he's back to acting again.
The Italian film L’Uomo che disegnò Dio (The Man Who Drew God) has set its sight on casting Spacey. The movie will be directed by Franco Nero, who is 79, and will also star Nero’s wife, Vanessa Redgrave, who is 84.
In an interview with ABC News, Nero said, “I’m very happy Kevin agreed to participate in my film. I consider him a great actor and I can’t wait to start the movie.”
While Spacey has not released a comment, there's a lot to dissect here. Obviously, in a free market, anyone is allowed to cast and work with whomever they want in a movie, as long as that person is not in prison.
The term "cancel culture" comes up a lot in these discussions. I think the nuance here is that Spacey has not made a Hollywood comeback. He's doing a small Italian film, and word on the street is that the role is small.
As gross as I think it is to cast Spacey at all, I'm happy no studio is making this mistake. Still, it's hard not to think he's making this movie to show he can still act and to try to get back to Hollywood in a limited capacity before being a star again.
It does seem like that if another larger production is going to give him a chance, they should wait until all of these allegations and cases settle. There's a very good chance he's guilty of some heinous crimes! I wouldn't want that hanging over my film.
What are your thoughts?