Judi Dench is speaking out in support of Kevin Spacey during a press conference at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, telling reporters she “can’t approve” of actors who have “misbehaved” being cut from their films.
The 83-year-old Oscar winner, who referred to the disgraced actor as a “good friend,” is deriding the fallout he received in the wake of numerous sexual assault and harassment claims against him by young men. Following the allegations, Spacey was axed from his Netflix drama “House Of Cards” and director Ridley Scott famously re-cast Christopher Plummer in his role in “All The Money In The World”, just six weeks before the film was released.
“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 says, while promoting her new drama “Red Joan”. “Are we to do what happened when he was replaced with Christopher Plummer? Are we to do that throughout history? 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 offense, are they always going to be cut out? Are we going to extrude them from our history? I don’t know.”
“I don’t know about the conditions of it, but nevertheless he is, and was, a most wonderful actor,” Dench says in support of Spacey. “I can’t imagine what he is doing.”
Dench, who worked opposite Spacey in the 2001 Newfoundland-set film “The Shipping News”, referred to the actor as an “inestimable comfort” during the movie’s production which came just after the death of her husband, Michael Williams.