The Spacey Effect: How the Actor's Actions Have Forced Hollywood’s hand

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In a rather surprising development on the back of the current accusations being levelled at Kevin Spacey, he has been dropped from All the Money in the World.

In an unprecedented move; the filmmakers of the upcoming film have decided to remove actor Kevin Spacey from his latest film. This comes hot on the heels of Netflix dropping him from their flagship program House Of Cards.
In the wake of allegations of sexual assault charges against Mr Spacey it was ultimately the decision of director Sir Ridley Scott to make the decision to edit him from the film. It’s a incredibly bold move to remove an actor from an already completed film but it’s another thing entirely to do this 6 weeks prior to the films scheduled release. But there really isn’t much choice – good decision Mr Scott.
Spacey was playing Jean Paul Getti, a famed oil tycoon that refused to give in to the demands of kidnappers that had taken his son. Spacey was the 2nd billed lead in the film and prior to the scandal bombshell there were talks of an awards caliber performance that the world will never see.

Kevin Spacey in one of the already filmed scenes. Source. www.collider.com

The Course Correction

Veteran actor Christopher Plumber has been recast in the role. Filming is scheduled to take affect immediately in order to reach the December 22 deadline. All cast members that shared scenes with Spacey including Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg have agreed to participate in reshoots to help save the movie.
It was evident early on when the scandal broke the studio was having seconds thoughts about the release. A cancellation of a planned screening at the closing night of AFI Fest swiftly followed on the back of the current Spacey situation.
It’s a huge tactic to save a sinking ship. Will this news inspire more people to see the film now to see if Ridley pulls the whole caper off? The flip-side of the coin could see the damage has been done. It’s possible the audience already have made their mind up on a project that had Kevin’s name attached.

Kevin Spacey and his replacement Christopher Plummer. Source. www.variety.com

The Discussion

In light of the allegations, is it the right move to remove Spacey from the film; or is it up the audience to make the decision to accept the performance on it’s own terms? And to what extent can Hollywood’s current situation alter other works.
Does the film-maker or artist deserve the right to act accordingly to distance itself? Does it necessarily have to be such heinous acts such a Spacey? Or could an artist purely have a questionable opinion on a subject that doesn’t bode well in the public eye.
This leads to the discussion whether or not one can separate art from the artist. Can you watch American Beauty or even the recent Baby Driver again and still enjoy it with Spacey’s appearance or have to relegated it to the scrap heap a lost cloudy memory?

The Impact

As talented an actor as Spacey is it does not excuse his actions nor should they be tolerated. Ridley Scott deciding to pull the plug on his performance sends the right message into the entertainment world and beyond.
The repercussions of a studio willing to take this leap to ensure the success of their film could have a domino like effect in the industry.
This behaviour or news of Hollywood misconduct is sadly sure to continue; and if it does the world may have to face facts that some more idols may become fallen.
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