Four years after his career was stalled by numerous allegations of sexual harassment chasing him, Kevin Spacey prepares to go back to the cinema. The 61-year-old actor has been hired to participate in an Italian film, in which he plays a policeman who tracks down a blind man who is able to draw other people just by hearing his voice and who has been wrongly accused of pedophilia, allegations similar to those hovering over the ‘House of Cards’ star. The movie, ‘The Man Who Design God ‘ (The man who drew God), will be directed by the filmmaker Franco Nero, who also plays a role alongside his wife, the Oscar-winning British actress Vanessa Redgrave.
“I am very happy that Spacey agreed to participate in the film,” Nero told ‘ABC News’. “I consider him a great actor and I can’t wait to start shooting the movie. “The actor has practically disappeared from the public sphere since more than a score of men will accuse him from 2017 of having behaved in a sexually inappropriate way during his time in the teatro Old Vic Londoner, where he worked first as a performer and later as the artistic director of the venerable institution. Shortly after the allegations, ranging from groping to harassment, suffered by young men, many of them actors, between 1995 and 2015, ‘House of Cards’ decided to abruptly break off its relationship with Spacey, who was then at the peak of his career .
CNN had published that also on the set of the series the actor had engaged in sexually persecuting some of his companions, behaving like a “predator” and creating a toxic work environment. Since then, much of the scandal has been fought in court. In 2018, Spacey was formally charged with indecent assault by a Massachusetts court, although the case was dismissed after the alleged victim, who was a minor when the events occurred, dropped the charges. Two other complaints in Los Angeles were also unsuccessful. One of them for prescription of the crime and another for the death of the victim. The same happened with a similar complaint in New York, dismissed because it was filed anonymously. In this case, the complainant claimed to have been a victim of sexual abuse in the 1980s, when he was 14 years old.
Throughout this period the defenestrado actor de ‘American Beauty’ it has hardly been seen. His last performance dates from 2018, when he participated in ‘The Young Billionaires Club’, a movie that was a box office flop. That same year he began posting videos of himself at Christmas in which he spoke of his dismissal from ‘House of Cards’ with a cameo by Frank Underwood. More recently he compared in a podcast the layoffs of workers during the pandemic with his fall from grace and tried to console those who are contemplating suicide for the impact of the coronavirus on their lives.
Everything seems to indicate that in Europe he feels more comfortable than in the US. In 2019 he was seen reading a poem in a museum in Rome and months later he was seen singing ‘La Bamba’ with some tunos at the door of a bar in Seville.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.