Dame Judi Dench Defends "Good Friend" Kevin Spacey
Judi Dench has spoken out about Kevin Spacey's removal from Ridley Scott's 'All The Money In The World' saying it was wrong to remove the actor amid the number of allegations made against him.
Speaking at the San Sebastian film festival where she was honoured with a Donostia Award, Dench fondly remembered shooting The Shipping News with Spacey following the death of her husband, Michael Williams, in 2001.
"Kevin was an inestimable comfort and never mentioned he knew I was in a bad way," Dench said according to Page Six, "He cheered me up and kept me going."
Following the Dench's fond memory of Spacey, she was asked about the recent decision by Ridley Scott to swiftly recast him following the number of allegations made against the actor.
"I can’t approve, in any way, of the fact that -- whatever he has done -- that you then start to cut him out of the films," Dench said.
In November last year, after more than a dozen men came forward with sexual harassment allegations against Spacey, Scott overhauled All The Money In The World with hefty reshoots replacing the disgraced actor with Christopher Plummer.
"Are we to do that throughout history?" Dench asked reporters, "Are we to go back throughout history and anyone who has misbehaved in any way, or who has broken the law, or who has committed some kind of offence, are they always going to be cut out? Are we going to extrude them from our history? I don’t know."
Dench went on to call Spacey a "wonderful actor" and again referred to him as a "good friend".
Spacey wasn't just cut out of All The Money In The World, in a swift response, Netflix also announced the actor had been fired from the final season of House of Cards.
The series has since revealed his character of Frank Underwood will be dead in the upcoming season after releasing a teaser with his wife -- played by Robin Wright -- speaking to his gravestone.
Following Dench's defence of Spacey, she was asked about her thoughts on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements which she called, "an extraordinary moment of change".
"I think there are many things to be redressed and made right," Dench said, "It is an extraordinary moment of change, a sea change at the moment. And there are many more parts for women, which is very good indeed, and long may that go on."
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