Dame Judi Dench has spoken out about her sadness at seeing her friend Kevin Spacey shunned from the big screen, saying she is concerned the actor’s work would be forgotten. The actress rued the treatment of Spacey, whose performances were removed from Ridley Scott’s 2017 film All the Money in the World after it was completed.

What kind of agony is that? Are we going to negate 10 years at the Old Vic and everything that he did as artistic director? How wonderful he’s been in all those films? You cannot deny somebody a talent. You might as well never look at a Caravaggio painting because he was a murderer.

The Old Vic, where Kevin Spacey was artistic director between 2004 and 2015, expressed its dismay at the allegations against him. Kevin Spacey supported her following the death of her husband, Michael Williams, in 2001, so Dench was one of the first celebrities to publicly support Spacey after claims against him, saying he is a great artist and a good friend. The Oscar-winning actor is now facing the trial about facts happened in Nantucket we all know. In January, he declared himself not guilty  in the first case against the American Beauty star. Kevin Spacey’s image went on display as part of an exhibition of portraits of major figures in theatre and film in The Victoria & Albert Museum. They include the late film-maker Richard Attenborough, as well as Stephen Daldry, Stephen Fry, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Diana Rigg and Meera Syal.

Source: The Guardian

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