From Hollywood hero to sexual predator: The scandalous fall of Kevin Spacey
Netflix has pulled the plug on the actor's hit political thriller, House of Cards.
Back in 2013, Netflix's House of Cards put the streaming service at the forefront of original programming. The political thriller starring Kevin Spacey as a conniving congressman pulled a loyal and devoted audience, and earned 53 Emmy nominations including five nominations for Best Drama Series. The streaming service struck gold with House of Cards, an American adaptation of the BBC miniseries that first aired in 1990.
Central to the plot is Spacey's character, Frank Underwood, who becomes President of the United States by wielding threats, abusing power and in some cases, murdering his enemies. Spacey's Machiavellian character is feared, loathed but almost untouchable and by extension, one of the most revered characters on TV.
Underwood's threatening dialogues have birthed several memes, GIFs and occupy an important place in pop culture. Since 2013, House of Cards has been identified with Frank Underwood and the actor with his on-screen role as the President. But Spacey and his character might no longer hold sway over the audience as he once did.
Netflix has reportedly pulled the plug on one of its hit shows after sexual allegations against Spacey came to the fore. The streaming service will end House of Cards with season 6, which is currently being filmed in Baltimore.
Furthermore, they haven't decided on what to do with Spacey. The actor hasn't been called to the set after Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp stated that Spacey harassed him in 1986 at a party.
Everything I wanted to say about my experience is in that article, and I have no further comment about it at this time.— Anthony Rapp (@albinokid) October 30, 2017
In a statement, Netflix and producers, Media Rights Capital announced, "Media Rights Capital and Netflix are deeply troubled by last night’s news concerning Kevin Spacey. In response to last night’s revelations, executives from both of our companies arrived in Baltimore this afternoon to meet with our cast and crew to ensure that they continue to feel safe and supported. As previously scheduled, Kevin Spacey is not working on set at this time."
The production company and its producers will spend the next few days asking about everyone's safety on set. It's far too early to say if Spacey will have one last chance to star as Frank Underwood but it's pretty safe to assume that he won't be considered for House of Cards' next installment, a spin-off series based on the same political climate.
According to Variety, the streaming service and the producers of House of Cards are currently discussing several ideas for at least two spin-offs. There's no release date yet or even a plotline but Netflix could take a strong stance against Spacey just as its doing now.
It's not just House of Cards that will end soon, the actor's upcoming film with Netflix could be shelved too. Spacey's next project, Gore based on writer Gore Vidal, is currently being shot in Rome. The film's production is still in early stages, with no date set for its release.
The Oscar winner plays the titular role but Deadline speculates that the movie's future is in trouble after Rapp's statement. The recent sexual allegations against him could also affect his other upcoming film, All the Money in the World, scheduled to release on December 22 this year. Promotions for the film were to begin soon but Spacey might not have an active role in it now.
In Spacey's decade-long career in Hollywood, The Usual Suspects actor has won two Oscars, one Golden Globe and has been nominated for six Emmys. He won the International Emmy Founders Award in 2017 but his Emmy will no longer be honored, the academy said in its latest tweet.
Spacey's apology after Rapp's statements has also made him a pariah in Hollywood. House of Cards creator Beau Willimon tweeted saying Rapp's story is "deeply troubling." Rose O'Donnell compared him to Harvey Weinstein. She added that everyone knew about him being a "creepy" man and hoped more men would come forward with their stories.
u don't remember the incident - 30 years ago? - fuck u kevin - like Harvey we all knew about u - I hope more men come forward @KevinSpacey— ROSIE (@Rosie) October 30, 2017
My statement regarding Anthony Rapp and Kevin Spacey: pic.twitter.com/8z6zotHWE5— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) October 30, 2017
Zachary Quinto said, "It is deeply sad and troubling that this is how Kevin Spacey has chosen to come out. Not by standing up as a point of pride - in the light of all his awards and accomplishments, thus inspiring tens of thousands of struggling LGBTQ kids around the world — but as a calculated manipulation to deflect attention from the very serious accusation that he attempted to molest one." Quinto's statement against Spacey might be the latest from a Hollywood celebrity but we doubt if it will be the last one. Hollywood's criticism of Spacey only seems to be growing.
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