Gabriel Byrne is out promoting a documentary about famed Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, so naturally he was asked about his co-star from 20 years ago, Kevin Spacey. According to The Times UK, Gabriel, who starred in 1995’s The Usual Suspects alongside Kevin, knew Kevin was a perv but had no idea that his sexually inappropriate behavior towards another young actor on the film was the cause of a 2-day production shut down.
The Times reports:
“I did not know honestly then the extent of his violence,” said Byrne. “I mean, he was kind of a joke in that people would say, ‘That’s Kevin,’ but nobody really understood the depth of his predations. It was only years later that we began to understand that [filming] was closed down for a particular reason and that was because of inappropriate sexual behaviour by Spacey.”
Oh, that Kevin! What a scamp. In addition to the physical and emotional trauma he’s caused his victims over the years, I wonder how much money he’s wasted. A 2-day shut down is expensive! Gabriel was also asked to comment on The Big Daddy Of Sleaze, Harvey Weinstein.
“I did three movies with Harvey Weinstein, and I knew he was a sleazebag. I knew he was a vile bully and I saw his bullying up close. I saw him be absolutely appalling, not just to women but to men as well. He had very little respect for any kind of human being. He wanted his stars around him,” said Byrne.
Gabriel went on to say that yes, he’d heard “vague” rumors about specific incidents with Harvey and various women but he wasn’t sure what to do with the information.
Because if it’s not true it’s awful, and if it is true it’s not your job to say, ‘Well, I wasn’t there, the door was locked, I don’t know what happened, I just heard the story.’ But I did not know, and many people didn’t know, the extent of the violence that he perpetrated on women.”
This “damned if you do so fuck it” attitude is infuriating and is what allowed these men to do harm unchallenged for decades but whatever. I appreciate Gabriel’s strong language and blunt characterization of these men but it’s all too late. Everything is awful! Everybody sucks! Except Jason Bateman who spit in a creep’s face. And Uma, who’s gonna gitcha!