The former Oscar-winner, who faced multiple accusations of sexual harassment in 2017, is set to appear as a detective in a movie about a wrongly accused pedophile that will also star Vanessa Redgrave.
Kevin Spacey is set to return to the big screen after his career nosedived when he was accused of sexual harassment. Eleven years after his acquittal on charges of murdering his wife and a waiter, Orenthal James Simpson finally made his return to television. It wasn’t how he expected it would go.
Simpson’s reappearance was via a pay-per-view candid camera special called “Juiced,” as The Associated Press reported. The only part anyone remembers from the 2006 show is a scene where Simpson tries to sell unsuspecting people a white Ford Bronco that he claimed was the vehicle used during his infamous slow-speed chase in 1994. (It wasn’t.)
“It was good for me — it helped me get away,” Simpson told one prospective buyer.
I’m not sure anything can beat that for sheer bad taste when it comes to a media reemergence after a scandal, but Kevin Spacey is sure going to give it his best.
Spacey — now viewed as actually being more creepy in person than his serial killer character in the 1995 movie “Se7en” — is set to make his comeback in an Italian film called “L’uomo Che Disegnò Dio,” according to Variety. The title translates, roughly, to “The Man Who Drew God.”
Anthony Rapp, Star Trek: Discovery actor, publicly accused Spacey of making sexual advances on him in the 1980s, when the star was only 14-years-old.
According to the lawsuit, Rapp “sustained psychological injuries” and “emotional and psychological damage” from the abuse, and suffered “severe emotional distress, humiliation, fright, anger, depression, and anxiety.”
Spacey denied all allegations, and soon after came out as gay.
“I’m beyond horrified to hear his story. I honestly do not remember the encounter … But if I did behave as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior,” he said in a statement on social media.
“As those closest to me know, in my life I have had relationships with both men and women. I have loved and had romantic encounters with men throughout my life, and I choose now to live as a gay man.”
— Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) October 30, 2017
What Spacey’s legacy doesn’t need is a return to the big screen in, of all things, a film about a man wrongly accused of child molestation. It’s like O.J. trying to sell the white Bronco — only worse. One can easily infer a message being sent here, and it’s a stomach-churning one. And yet, it could end up with Spacey back among the Hollywood elite if he scores enough small roles and acclaim to make people forget about the events and accusations of a few years ago.
Spacey’s last film — which was in the can before Rapp’s allegations came out — was “Billionaire Boys Club,” a critically panned 2018 crime drama that earned $618 on its opening weekend, according to ABC News. One can only hope that’s the route “L’uomo Che Disegnò Dio” goes.
Then again, we shouldn’t even have to be asking the question.