Bollywood needs to clean up its act and name and shame sexual predators just as Hollywood ostracised Kevin Spacey
12/11/2017 4:54:56 PM
|written By : Shobhaa De|
Kevin Spacey, aged 58, is an extraordinary actor. Let nobody take that away from him. He is also a huge money-spinner for producers of his films, plays and television series. His career has been going great guns for decades. Fans have always queued up for a Kevin Spacey entertainment vehicle. His net worth stands at £75 million, according to a British newspaper. But even that impressive number to go with his impressive CV did not stop Hollywood bosses from taking a strong position and kicking the star out of high-profile projects. Not only has he been ‘erased’ from a forthcoming movie (All the Money in the World), but his abject humiliation is total and complete.
Ever since Spacey decided to come out, after a sexual harassment charge, his comfortable and well-guarded world just fell apart. Allegations made by over a dozen men claiming Spacey sexually harassed them, have ensured nobody is likely to work with the disgraced actor again. Even though his role in All the Money in the World is a supporting one, replacing him with another equally fine actor (Christopher Plummer) has been an expensive decision taken by respected director Ridley Scott.
Imagine the scenario: The film, in which Spacey was playing the role of the reclusive J Paul Getty, legendary oil tycoon (billed as one of the wealthiest men of his time), is scheduled for a December 22 release. Scott has assured Sony Pictures Entertainment, he will meet the deadline, come hell or high water. And he will. There is a lot riding on the movie, apart from the money that has to be pumped in to reshoot Spacey’s part. The movie’s estimated cost is $40 million. None of this seemed to matter to Scott. Taking a stand was worth much more.