Kevin Spacey erased from upcoming Ridley Scott flick as personal brand turns toxic

Kevin Spacey erased from upcoming Ridley Scott flick as brand turns toxic

Celebrity director Ridley Scott has moved to disassociate himself from disgraced actor Kevin Spacey as Hollywood’s elite vow not to touch the toxic former star with a bargepole for fear of association.

Spacey’s fall from grace is summed up by his treatment by Scott in All the Money in the World, a completed film documenting a real-life hostage case involving industrialist J Paul Getty. Despite landing the role of Getty himself Spacey is to be unceremoniously expunged just six weeks out from release to be replaced by Christopher Plummer.

The ruthless move will come as a major blow to Spacey’s hopes of rehabilitation with the Sony’s Studios produced film expected to be a contender at next year’s Oscars.

Spacey’s reputation as a doyen of the acting world has been shredded since allegations made by actor Anthony Rapp that he had been subjected to sexual advances when he was still a 14-year old boy. In a disastrous response to the scandal Spacey then came out as gay in an attempt to deflect criticism but merely further fanned the flames of outrage for having apparently equated paedophilia with homosexuality.

Further allegations from other men, including from the set of House of Cards, since cancelled by Netflix, have prompted Spacey to duck out of the limelight and seek ‘evaluation and treatment’.

In recent days both Festival Bits and Ptetzels have disassociated themselves from the actor.

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