KEVIN Spacey has a new film out not that you know it. In the wake of the allegations against the actor, is it time for Spacey to retire for his own good?
Kevin Spacey in Billionaire Boys Club.Source:YouTube
IN THE immediate aftermath of last years Buzzfeed report wherein actor Anthony Rapp spoke out about Kevin Spacey making sexual advances on him when Rapp was only 14, Spacey quickly became nuclear.
Ridley Scott made the virtually unprecedented move of going back to reshoot scenes of his filmAll the Money in the Worldto replace Kevin Spacey in the featured role of J. Paul Getty with Christopher Plummer (Plummer would be rewarded with an Oscar nomination for his short-notice work).
Production on his Netflix seriesHouse of Cardswas halted, and when it started up again, it was retooled to leave his character, Frank Underwood, behind. Netflix also put the brakes on the Gore Vidal biopic it was making with Spacey, which was in post-production at the time.
The one outstanding project that Spaceys name was attached to wasBillionaire Boys Club, a long-in-development movie about a real-life group of young, preppy, investor-fraud types whose exploits turned to murder, which made the story a hot-button on the tabloid scene at the time.
Spacey was cast to play the groups shady mentor, turned murder victim, and the cast of the film included Ansel Elgort (whod so recently starred with Spacey inBaby Driver), Taron Egerton, and Jeremy Irvine.
The real-life story was tawdry, and the film promised to be tawdry too.
But once the Spacey allegations hit the press which were followed in quick succession by Spacey coming out of the closet as a defensive manoeuvre and then additional reports and rumours about further misconduct on set the mere prospect of Spacey starring in a movie calledBillionaire Boys Clubbecame a dark and unsettling punchline.
Spacey in Billionaire Boys Club.Source:YouTube
Which is very likely why the films US distributor, Vertical Entertainment, shoved the film out a back door with a video on demand release on July 17. Theres no way to do publicity for a movie like this, with Spacey so central to the plot, and especially with his role as a shady, leering financial predator who lures young men into his crimes.
It is perversely fascinating to watch, like a parallel universe where Spacey has been typecast as a man who preys on baby-faced young boys.
That the boyishness of the young Ponzi-schemers is a central part of the story isnt remotely able to obscure the visual image of Spacey sleazing around the likes of Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton, two young stars whose boyish good looks have been the bedrock of their success in Hollywood.
A more creative marketer might be able to repackage this movie as a commentary on the predatory nature of Hollywood, though the film is nowhere near sturdy enough to support it.
The pedestrian nature of the film is ultimately what sinks it, and the biggest lingering question youre left with afterBillionaire Boys Club more so than, Have we finally reached the outer limits of what kinds of 80s movies can comfortably accommodate YazsOnly Youon the soundtrack? is this: IsBillionaire Boys Clubthe final Kevin Spacey movie?
Theres a bitter irony to Spaceys role in the new film.Source:YouTube
It should be. Spaceys had a long and accomplished career, but we have now officially passed the point where his demerits outweigh the benefits of casting him in a movie. Hes a distraction in a bad movie likeBillionaire Boys Club.You have to imagine hed be an even bigger distraction in a good movie.
That said, the evidence may be stacking up against the idea that MeToo villains will stay exiled. Chris Hardwick got his job back, and were already talking about James Franco movies again. Woody Allen never stopped making movies, nor did Roman Polanski.
Theres going to be a shifting spectrum of which MeToo infractions become survivable and which ones dont, which may well be a good thing, but in the absence of any evidence of atonement or even admission from Spacey, Hollywood would have to fully turn a blind eye towards the claims made against him in order for him to keep working.
Ideally,Billionaire Boys Clubis an ironic final chapter for his on-screen career. It wont be a proud one, but youd be hard pressed to argue thats what he deserves.
This story originally appeared onDeciderand is republished here with permission.
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