Australian actor Guy Pearce has recently talked about his experience in working with Kevin Spacey, who faced several sexual assault accusations last year. He described the disgraced actor and Oscar winner as a “handsy guy” to chat show host Andrew Denton, during an interview on his show, Interview.
Guy Pearce worked with Kevin Spacey back in 1997, on the award-winning crime thriller, ‘LA Confidential’ and spoke about his experience to chat show host.
He was asked about his experiences in working with different actors throughout his career, such as Kate Winslet and Kylie Minogue. Then, of course, that led to the elephant in the room which was Kevin Spacey.
“Yeah… Tough one to talk about at the moment” he commented when Kevin’s name was brought up. “Amazing actor. Incredible actor. Mmm. Slightly difficult time with Kevin, yeah. He’s a handsy guy.”
“Thankfully, I was 29 and not 14”, he then added, referring to the allegations of sexual assault against young men that were made against Kevin last year.
Last year, after the blow up of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Kevin Spacey was one of the first stars to be accused of sexual misconduct. The first was by actor Anthony Rapp, who said that he had sexually harassed by him in 1985, when Kevin was 26 and Anthony was just 14 years old. Since then, more than 30 men have come forward with allegations against the actor in recent months.
Kevin has not been arrested or charged with any crimes, though he is currently being investigated by police in London for three criminal cases. However, the allegations did take a huge toll on his career, as he lost his role on the Netflix series ‘House of Cards’, was removed from Ridley Scott’s 2017 film ‘All The Money In The World’, and had his 2017 Emmy Founders Award withdrawn.
Guy Pearce is not the first actor who has opened up about his experience with Kevin Spacey. Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro starred alongside Kevin in the 1995 suspense film, ‘The Usual Suspects’.
“It’s sad about the victims, number one, and sad about [him]. But the victims come first. I don’t care how talented you are. I’m sorry.”
Also speaking out was Kevin’s ‘House of Cards’ co-star Joel Kinnaman, who claimed the allegations weren’t a “big shock”, implying that he might have been suspicious of him before the allegations even took place.
“I have five or six friends I know who have told stories about Kevin about when they were young and had just arrived in Hollywood,” he said.
However, it seems Kevin Spacey hasn’t completely disappeared from the screen just yet, as he will be making a comeback in the upcoming film ‘Billionaire Boys Club’, due to be released next month. Though, we can imagine that just seeing his name in the credits will be enough to put people off, perhaps?
Story by Emily Clark
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