Judi Dench defended Kevin Spacey, who she calls the “most wonderful actor and a good friend,” against his removal from films due to sexual misconduct allegations.
Spacey was fired from Netflix’s “House of Cards” and was removed from the film “All the Money in the World” in the wake of multiple men accusing Spacey of sexual misconduct.
While attending the San Sebastian International Film Festival to receive the Donostia Award, Dench told Variety that she doesn’t agree with Spacey being cut from projects.
“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,” Dench says. “Are we to do what happened when he was replaced with Christopher Plummer? Are we to do that throughout history? 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.”
She says that when she worked with Spacey on the 2002 film “The Shipping News,” Spacey helped her during a difficult time in her life.
“I remember just after my husband died, and I was in a bad way, I went to do ‘The Shipping News’ with Kevin Spacey, and Kevin was an inestimable comfort and never mentioned he knew I was in a bad way. He cheered me up and kept me going,” she continued.
As for the #MeToo movement, Dench called it “an extraordinary moment of change.”
“I think there are many things to be redressed and made right,” she said. “It is an extraordinary moment of change, a sea change at the moment. And there many more parts for women, which is very good indeed, and long may that go on.”