I know Dame Judi Dench is reportedly losing her eye sight, but surely she’s able to see that the cheerleading squad for Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein isn’t exactly the side you want to be on. Still, Dame Judi Dench is back to ask the question: won’t somebody please think of Kevin and Harvey’s film legacies?!?
Judi has made it no secret that she’s a friend of Kevin Spacey. Last year, she let everyone know how bummed out she was that her “good friend” Kevin was replaced by Christopher Plummer in All The Money In The World. She added that she didn’t like the idea of going back and erasing people from history. Her history with Harvey isn’t as black and white.
Judi worked on several Miramax and The Weinstein Company films, like Chocolat, Iris, Mrs. Henderson Presents, The Shipping News, and most notably, Shakespeare in Love, which won her her first and only Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. After Harvey was officially outed as a serial creep two years ago, many high-profile actresses spoke out with statements, including Judi, who said she wasn’t aware of the long-standing rumors that Harvey was a disgusting perv, and that she supported anyone who spoke up. That kind of made it sound like Judi was going to follow up her statement with a second about booking a tattoo removal appointment to get Harvey’s name off her ass, but that’s probably not the case.
CNN says that Judi recently spoke about Kevin and Harvey during an interview with Britain’s Radio Times, specifically the work they did. Judi got into cancel culture. Like how some of us might get a weird feeling when American Beauty is suggested for movie night. Judi doesn’t want to see Kevin and Harvey’s work end up in the metaphorical $0.99 bin of life.
“What kind of agony is that? Are we going to negate ten years at the Old Vic and everything that he [Spacey] did [as artistic director] – how wonderful he’s been in all those films? Are we just not going to see all those films that Harvey produced? You cannot deny somebody a talent. You might as well never look at a Caravaggio painting. You might as well never have gone to see Noel Coward.”
Judi is referring to the fact that Caravaggio was allegedly a murderer, and that Noel Coward has been accused of predatory behavior. But she’s also romanticizing Kevin and Harvey’s work just a little too much. Sure, you’re dealing with people who made The Usual Suspects and Good Will Hunting. But they’re also responsible for K-PAX and On The Line. I’m pretty sure no one would be too put out if either of those were never seen again.