In news that literally no one asked for, Kevin Spacey is back from his brief stint on Hollywood’s blacklist with seemingly zero damage done to his reputation or his career.
In case you’ve been living under a news-free rock, here’s the deal: Back in October, came forward with allegations against Spacey, saying the actor made sexual advances towards him when he was 14. Rapp’s account of events, as reported by Buzzfeed, prompted to come forward with their own sexual misconduct accusations against Spacey. The Oscar-winning actor denied the allegations, which have not been proven in a court of law, but the news was enough for Hollywood to take action.
In light of the exposé, Spacey hasn’t been seen on-screen since Season 5 of House of Cards was released on Netflix last May. Following the controversy, the show was rewritten to omit his role in Season 6, which is scheduled for release later this year, and shift the focus to Robin Wright’s character. Spacey was also supposed to star in the big-budget blockbuster , but director decided to re-shoot his scenes with actor Christopher Plummer before the film went to theatres in December.
The initial response to Spacey’s allegations was swift and definitive. The decisions by Scott and the team at House of Cards sent a strong message that this conduct would no longer be tolerated. But *eight months* after Rapp came forward with his story, Spacey is making his return to the big screen with , which is set to be released July 19, so has anything really changed?
In response to Rapp’s allegations, Spacey said he didn’t remember the incident but was “beyond horrified” to hear about it. After House of Cards suspended production, that he would be “taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment”—whatever that means. That said, the statement was obviously enough for the bosses at Billionaire Boys Club to release the film with Spacey in one of the lead freaking roles. Major sigh.
The flick is based on of a Los Angeles investment group and its get-rich-quick scam that leads to murder. Starring alongside Ansel Elgort, Emma Roberts and Suki Waterhouse, Spacey plays Ron Levin, a gay con artist who coerces rich young men into participating in his scheme. Billionaire Boys Club was briefly shelved due to Rapp’s allegations, but the execs seem to think everything is A-OK now. Their stance is made amply clear by the recently released trailer where Spacey is shown prominently.
With the film planning to hit theatres in July, we aren’t the only ones confused about Spacey’s sudden return.
How about no thank you to the Kevin Spacey comeback?! He hasn’t been gone nearly long enough to get to where he needs to go in order TO even try to come back in the first place. Try again in 50 yrs
— Adrienne Muscat (@AMuscatPurrs)
The bad news: as a creepy gay man is super unsettling. The good news: this looks like a terrible movie anyway
— Justin Lockwood (@HeyLockwood)
Know who I don’t miss?
Not one bit.
— Mars (@JasonMarsden)
A particularly upsetting addendum to this story is that Richard DuPont, a former member of who makes a brief cameo in the movie, brushed off Spacey’s inclusion in the film. In conversation with , DuPont said that “people have such short memories,” and that, “Spacey is almost unrecognizable in a beard and glasses.” As if that’s supposed to make this better?
Here’s hoping this backlash reaches the team at Billionaire Boys Club and they rethink Spacey’s involvement in the film. Literally *anyone* else (except these guys) would be a better pick.
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