Kevin Spacey has been investigated for sexual assault in several countries and many have turned on him, but he’s still got fans who want to see him back at work again. One of those fans is Dame Judi Dench. A woman whose recent comments had me thinking “Damn, Judi Dench – really?”
The Independent says that Judi Dench made her thoughts known at the San Sebastian International Film Festival this week after receiving the Donostia Award in recognition for lifetime achievement. Judi admitted she didn’t approve of Kevin getting replaced by Christopher Plummer in All The Money In The World.
“I can’t approve, in any way, of the fact that – whatever he has done – that you then start to cut him out of the films. Are we to do what happened when he was replaced with Christopher Plummer? Are we to do that throughout history? Are we to go back throughout history and anyone who has misbehaved in any way, or who has broken the law, or who has committed some kind of offense, are they always going to be cut out? Are we going to extrude them from our history? I don’t know.”
In the event you’re thinking that maybe Judi is just playing devil’s advocate here, she let everyone know she’s cheering Kevin on from the sidelines:
“I don’t know about the conditions of it, but nevertheless he is, and was, a most wonderful actor. I can’t imagine what he is doing now. And a good friend.”
Judi Dench has previously said she’s okay with the #MeToo movement, so long as it “doesn’t get out of hand.” So go ahead and make of that what you will.
Obviously Judi Dench’s suggestion that we go back and replace all the assholes and creeps throughout history doesn’t make any sense, and doesn’t really apply to what happened with Kevin. I highly doubt a special 20th anniversary edition of American Beauty will be released next year with all of Lester Burnham’s scenes cut out. The point of the All The Money re-shoots was so that audiences wouldn’t spend the whole film feeling sick every time they saw Kevin’s face. Instead, that feeling was replaced with every time Mark Wahlberg showed up on screen, and they were forced to turn to the person sitting beside them and ask: “Can you believe he got paid more than Michelle Williams for this?”
Here’s Judi receiving her Donostia Award, which I’m sure will go next to a card on her mantle from Kevin that reads, “Thank you for being a friend. So…any parts for your ol’ friend Kevin in your next movie?”