Earlier this week, we learned that disgraced actor and allegations-collector Kevin Spacey landed a role in an upcoming Italian indie film called L’uomo che disegnò Dio, or The Man Who Drew God. And then I shouted, “Oh no, this actually sounds LEGITIMATE” when it was revealed the film would co-star Oscar-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave, wife of the film’s director Franco Nero. But Vanessa Redgrave is not going to be in The Man Who Drew God after all.
Throwing Kevin Spacey into a film after 2017 sounds like every publicist’s nightmare, but it was made worse by the fact a major plot point of TMWDG centers around detectives investigating a pedophilia accusation (Kevin plays one of the detectives). It was confirmed by one of the film’s producers that Vanessa would be playing the part of a piano teacher if she was able to travel from England to Italy. I don’t know if Vanessa’s agent pulled her aside and asked her if she really wanted to spend the next year or so answering questions about working with Kevin Spacey. But her rep released the following statement informing everyone that you can officially stop pulling her name into conversations about Kevin Spacey’s attempt at a comeback because she’s not in the movie. via The Hollywood Reporter:
“Vanessa Redgrave’s name is being included in recent stories relating to the casting of the upcoming film The Man Who Drew God. While there have been discussions about the possibility of her joining the cast, she will not appear in the film.”
Vanessa has proven she’s got at least an ounce of common sense to not want to be associated with this future mess. That’s probably good news for Dame Judi Dench as well. She’s kind of cornered the market on renowned British actresses in their mid-80s who still has love for Kevin Spacey, and really, it’s kind of a one-person job.
If only Vanessa would sit down with her husband and ask how serious he is about having Kevin Spacey on the call sheet. There are literally so many actors you could hire. Franco probably hired Kevin Spacey because he knew it would get his film a mountain of attention. But if shameless stunt casting was Franco’s goal, then why not go even bigger, and dare I say it, less wrapped up in several ongoing underage assault investigations? Call up the estate of Christopher Plummer, and see if they’ll sign a release granting Franco permission to replace Kevin Spacey in the final edit with a cardboard cutout of Christopher Plummer. Kevin won’t be too mad – he’s got to be used to it by now. And I’m sure audiences everywhere would much rather stare at a 2D picture of Christopher Plummer than a real-life Kevin Spacey.