I think it's safe to say that after being accused of a seemingly endless and horrific series of sexual harassment suits, Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein are two of the most hated men in Holywood. But today we have word that one of Hollywood's most-beloved actresses has come to the defense of not only Spacey but Weinstein as well saying that even though the two men have been accused of sexual harassment, the men's screen and stage work should not be diminished. That woman? Of all people, Skyfall and Murder on the Orient Express star Dame Judi Dench.
Specifically, the Academy Award-winning actress said in reference to Kevin Spacey being removed from Ridley Scott's All the Money In The World.
"What kind of agony is that? Are we going to negate 10 years at the Old Vic and everything that he 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?"
The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides actress continued on to say this.
"You cannot deny somebody a talent. You might as well never look at a Caravaggio painting [the Renaissance painter was also a murderer]. You might as well never have gone to see Noël Coward [the Brit playwright was accused of predatory behavior]."
As some of you might remember, following the many allegations of misconduct and assault against Weinstein, Dench claimed that she knew nothing about his actions and was quick to condemn his behavior, saying back in October of 2017.
"Whilst there is no doubt that Harvey Weinstein has helped and championed my career for the past twenty years, I was completely unaware of these offenses which are, of course, horrifying, and I offer my sympathy to those who have suffered and wholehearted support to those who have spoken out."
As if this makes it any better, Dame Judi Dench has been a long-time collaborator of Weinstein's. In fact, the actress has received multiple Oscar nominations for her roles in five Weinstein-distributed films including Stephen Frears' Mrs Henderson Presents with Bob Hoskins and Kelly Reilly, Richard Eyre's Iris with Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent, and Lasse Hallstrom's Chocolat with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Not to mention a win back in 1999 for her performance as Elizabeth I in the Weinstein produced period-romance movie Shakespeare in Love co-starring Gwyneth Paltrow.
And as mentioned above, Dench also defended Spacey, describing him as a "good friend," at last year's San Sebastian Film Festival, saying this.
"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 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...."
I don't know either, Dame Dench. This story comes to us via Deadline.