Kevin Spacey is currently facing sexual assault charges, and has watched his thriving Hollywood career come to a screeching halt in the wake of numerous allegations of sexual misconduct.
Spacey’s scandal, however, didn’t prevent “First Reformed” director Paul Schrader from commenting that he wanted to hire Spacey for a new film he would be directing, writing, “I believe there are crimes in life but no crimes in art. Spacey should be punished for any crimes his actual person created. But not for art. All art is a crime. Punishing him as an artist only diminishes art. Put Celine in jail, put Pound in jail, punish Wilde and Bruce if you must, but do not censor their art.”
Schrader’s Facebook post in November 2018 — which he subsequently deleted — understandably whipped up controversy, and after several months of exile from social media, Schrader returned to Facebook on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, Schrader returned to Facebook for the first time in months, revealing that the studio behind “First Reformed”, A24, had finally released him from “Facebook jail” due to his comments.
“Last fall, after I admitted that I’d like to work with Kevin Spacey, A24 requested that I stay off from FB until award season was over,” he wrote in his post.
“It’s over and I’m out of FB jail. What happened while I was gone? (1) saw Phosphorescent and did a conversation with Matthew Houck (2) spent Christmas eve with Glenn Close and my family in Xmas costumes (3) Jeff Berg, my agent and friend of 45 years, gave me a reception in his Pacific Palisades home for the Hollywood 70s crowd (4) Dan Smith of Italian fashion firm Isaia gave me a fabulous tuxedo—thanks! (5) ran into Spike Lee, Alfonso Cuaron, Pavel Paveloski, Bo Burnham and Barry Jenkins so often at so many ceremonies and events I never need to see them again (7) realized I didn’t really miss FB that much (8) got enmeshed in a process that made me care about awards I didn’t even respect (8) learned anew never to underestimate the power of mediocrity.”
You can read his post below: