While Johnny Depp and Amber Heard nail each other to the cross, the career of abuse accused Kevin Spacey of slowly returning. But he does not make as many films as he used to. Do filmmakers still dare to deal with actors who have previously made an (alleged) mistake?
On Thursday, it was announced that Spacey will make his ‘return’ in 1242: Gate to the Westreportedly his biggest project since he was accused of sexual misconduct in 2017. Yet this Hungarian production is still a little bit of the Hollywood level that the two-time Oscar winner was at.
Media researcher Simone Driessen follows such issues closely for her research into the culture of interception in popular culture. “If you get the chance to come back at all, it’s still hard to assess how people will react to it,” she explains. “I’m also curious to hear why a director or producer now dares to work with Spacey.”
“At least the trouble has not been so bad so far,” Driessen says. “Perhaps viewers have also become curious over time, and they are reacting smartly to this. Because the previous cases did not lead to serious convictions, they may now dare to take the risk sooner.”
However, Spacey is not out of the woods yet as a case against him is still pending in London. “You do not just lose the cancellation culture stamp,” says the media researcher. “People may want to forgive, but we do not forget it so easily. If more news comes out of that case, it may be that the trouble reigns again.”
Currently, there is a lot of media attention for Johnny Depp, who is involved in a lawsuit with his ex Amber Heard.
‘Depp seems to use it as a tactic’
In particular, the lawsuit between Depp and Heard has recently attracted Driessen’s attention. “For a celebrity, it’s a bit part of putting your privacy in the spotlight. But with Depp, it’s even stronger, he even seems to use it as a tactic. It also makes it interesting to see how we go about him. to think. “
Heard is also not afraid to go into detail about their toxic relationship. “They actually play the same game,” Driessen agrees. “You get a behind-the-scenes look at two celebrities fighting against each other. But do not forget that you are dealing with two talented actors who are very aware of the image they want to show to the outside world.”
Depp seems to succeed better than his ex, says the researcher. She mentions an online signature collection to be heard Aquaman 2 which has now been signed nearly four million times. “You always have a good guy and a bad guy. Depp’s team has so far had great success in making him friendly and humane, while Heard appears to be a killer.”
In that regard, the battle for Heard’s career could be bigger than Depp’s, though the latter already got a big blow when he came out of the popular. Amazing beastsfranchise was released. In any case, the consequences are obvious. It also has to do with the time we live in, Driessen explains.
“The concept of disapproving and condemning someone has obviously existed for some time. But since the MeToo movement, the term ‘cancel’ has come to life more and more lately. It has gained momentum even more recently. When Mel Gibson was convicted “In 2006 for his anti-Semitic statements, we were still in a completely different world. Today, social media plays a big role in how long someone is canceled and how fast it happens.”
We only know later whether Will Smith’s action at the Oscars has consequences.
It also depends on the image of the actor
Gibson was able to resume his 2010 acting and directing career as if nothing had ever happened. Howard Bragman, a crisis manager in Hollywood, attributed in part to the image the actor already had. “If Tom Hanks came up with such statements, we would be confused. But with Mel Gibson, we’re a little used to it. With him, you’re less sensitive to it.”
Wesley Snipes, who was serving a three-year prison sentence for tax evasion, also appears to have suffered problems with public disapproval as an actor. “The type of crime probably also makes a difference,” Driessen says. “In this case, there were no physical ailments involved. He also paid his fine through that prison sentence, so fans can get over it more easily, too.”
There are lots of actors with a shocking image. For example, Will Smith has to be on his guard after his profit at the Oscars, and Alec Baldwin is under scrutiny after the infamous shooting episode on the set of Peace† How quickly they recover – and whether they succeed fully – depends on a number of different factors. Not everything can be predicted.
“Some people get away with something and others do not,” Bragman sums up. “It could be because someone makes a lot of money, or because someone is already loved. Everyone in Hollywood has a different DNA, there are no strict laws. Two people can do exactly the same thing, where one loses his career and the other just goes continue.” able to.”