The director of Kevin Spacey’s first film since his acquittal of sex crimes opened up to TalkTV’s Jeremy Kyle and Nicola Thorp.
Gene Fallazie, whose film Control premieres in London tonight, was asked how he ensures there is no inappropriate behavior on set.
He explained that Kevin, who was cast in the film before the outcome of his British court case was known, will appear as a voice in the film and will be recorded separately from the other cast members.
The 64-year-old House Of Cards actor was acquitted of all charges in his sexual assault trial in London earlier this year.
Gene said there was a “huge wave of positivity” for the actor ahead of his return to the big screen.
Speaking to hosts Jeremy and Nicola on Talk Today about how Spacey’s trial affected the making of the film, he explained: “It really was a whole rollercoaster of a process.”
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“Very different to the way a normal film would normally be shot because we also had to take into account all these different situations and opinions to a certain point, so it was a challenge, but at the end of the day we just did it . “We tried to treat it as we would, it’s a film that we have to make and prepare for release.”
Gene then talked about his decision to cast Kevin before they knew the outcome of the court cases.
He said: “At that point he had already been acquitted in the US.”
“His trial in the UK was still pending, but ultimately he had never been charged with anything at that point, so I had to look at the facts as we saw them at the time – he had been acquitted in the US and all that.” his team shared with us and their expectations of how the process would go and try to make an informed decision.”
Last month Kevin made an emotional comeback to the stage – almost seven years after his last theater appearance.
Speaking about his film comeback, Gene told viewers: “Overall, we’re seeing a huge outpouring of positivity from both his fanbase and film fans in general.”
“There are those circles that have always formed an opinion no matter what the outcome would be and nothing would ever change their opinion and it is entirely their right to do that.”
The hosts then asked the director how he plans to ensure there is no inappropriate behavior on set.
He replied: “I try to be as conscious as possible. I think in the past there was an element of turning a blind eye and things like that.”
“Now I think everyone is a little more open and knows that you can talk about it and be taken seriously. I think that’s an important factor.”
“I think in this case Kevin’s role was shot separately, so we kept that part of things completely separate from the rest of the principal photography.”
The jury found him not guilty of nine offenses relating to his time as artistic director of the Old Vic in London.
The Oscar-winning star was branded a “sexual bully” for allegedly attacking the men who had been accused for 22 years.
He had previously collapsed at Southwark Crown Court and said: “I have lost everything.”
The jury took 12 hours and 26 minutes to return the acquittal, and Spacey loudly told them “thank you” before they left the courtroom in July.
He had always denied all allegations and said in court that he had been “humiliated”.
Kevin told reporters: “I imagine many of you can understand that I have a lot to process after what just happened today.”
“But I want to say that I am extremely grateful to the jury for taking the time to carefully consider all the evidence and all the facts before reaching their decision, and I am humbled by today’s result.”
“I would also like to thank the staff at this courthouse, the security and everyone who looked after us every day, my legal team Evan and Lucy for being here every day and that is all I have to say at the moment have. Thank you very much.”
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