One of the most revered actresses of the past 50 years said the decision to remove Kevin Spacey’s scenes from the movie “All the Money in the World” was a mistake.
Dame Judi Dench, a seven-time Academy Award nominee and an Oscar winner in 1999 for “Shakespeare in Love,” discussed dumping Spacey from the movie during an appearance at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain. Spacey was removed from the 2017 release after allegations of sexual misconduct by the actor surfaced. The Netflix series “House of Cards” was also retooled for its final season after Spacey was dropped from the show.
“I can’t approve, in any way, of the fact — whatever he has done — that you then start to cut him out of films,” Dench said, according to media reports. “Are we to go back throughout history now and anyone who has misbehaved in any way, or has broken the law, or has committed some kind of offense, are they always going to be cut out?”
Spacey originally played J Paul Getty in the Ridley Scott-directed film, but was replaced by Christopher Plummer, with his scenes reshot. Plummer went on to receive an Oscar nomination for the role.
Dench, who is also a three-time Emmy nominee, 12-time Golden Globe nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner, appeared to draw a line between Spacey’s work and his life outside of work, indicating that she does not condone any alleged inappropriate conduct by the actor but adding that Spacey “is and was a most wonderful actor.”