While Baby Driver is considered one of the best movies of the year, there’s somewhat of a black cloud hovering over it, as one of the main actors in the film was Kevin Spacey, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple people and seemingly been blacklisted from Hollywood as a result.
The director of the film, Edgar Wright, has now given his thoughts in a new interview with EW:
“The truth of it is that I only had a professional experience with him and I wasn’t aware of any misconduct during production,” Wright said. “I’m as troubled and distressed as I’m sure you are by the accounts that have come out in the last five weeks. All I can really do is offer my support to the victims that have come forward and be aggrieved on their behalf.”
“I want to stress that hundreds of other cast and crew members worked on this movie and they contributed truly great work to this production. I remain very proud of the finished film and I remain very proud of their tireless efforts. I don’t want to appear insensitive in any way, but I really have to celebrate the incredible work of my cast and crew. I would be nothing without them and I don’t want them to be tarnished by the private actions of one person.”
His comments are interesting because one of the film’s other stars, Jon Bernthal, said that Spacey’s on-set behavior was terrible when he was there:
“Going onto that set and working with him — I wasn’t there much and I wasn’t really in a situation to judge — but when I was there he really rubbed me the wrong way. I thought he was a bit of a bully… I didn’t really care for the way he was behaving toward some of the other people on set.”
He went on to say:
“I think he was acting toward people in a way that — where I remember, at the time, thinking, man if that was a woman that he was talking to, I would have done something, I would have said something. And I was really happy to sort of get out of there, for that reason.”
Before revealing that he lost all respect for the actor:
“I just remember losing a ton of respect for him. The kind of man he was when I saw him, working with him, made me lose all respect for him and I was enormously disappointed.”
It’ll be interesting to see if The Academy gives Baby Driver any Oscar nominations and how they go about doing it if they choose to do so. Kevin Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty in All The Money In The World, but in the case of Baby Driver, there’s not much they can do with the film already being finished.
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