The Prince Charles Cinema withdraws offer to host the premiere of Welsh thriller Control, featuring Kevin Spacey, following public backlash.
Kevin Spacey, the double Oscar winner who was acquitted of sexual assault charges earlier this year, has faced another setback in his attempted career comeback. The Prince Charles Cinema, known for its support of independent films, has decided to cancel its offer to host the premiere of Control, a Welsh thriller in which Spacey’s voice is heard in phone calls with the main character. This move comes after the cinema became aware of Spacey’s involvement and received backlash for associating itself with the actor.
A Blow to Spacey’s Comeback Efforts
The Prince Charles Cinema, located just off Leicester Square in London’s film district, has long been a champion of independent film. However, when the cinema’s management discovered that Control featured Kevin Spacey, they swiftly rescinded their offer to host the film’s premiere. In an email to the film’s producers, cinema boss Greg Lynn expressed his apologies and explained that he and his staff were horrified to be associated with Spacey’s new film following the recent court case.
Defending Spacey’s Innocence
While the decision to drop the premiere has been met with support from some quarters, others have defended Kevin Spacey’s innocence. Welsh actress Lauren Metcalfe, who plays the main character in Control, expressed her belief that Spacey has been proven innocent and questioned the authority of those who claim otherwise. Metcalfe’s comments highlight the ongoing debate surrounding Spacey’s acquittal and the contentious nature of allegations of sexual assault.
Director Finds Alternative Venue
Despite the setback, Control’s director, Gene Fallaize, quickly found an alternative venue for the film’s premiere. In an Instagram post, Fallaize announced that the world premiere would now take place at the larger Genesis Cinema on November 14. Fallaize cited overwhelming demand for tickets as one of the reasons for the change in venue, expressing gratitude to supporters and emphasizing the film’s ability to reach a wider audience.
Spacey’s Health Scare
In a separate incident, Kevin Spacey was rushed to the hospital earlier this month after reportedly suffering a health scare during a film festival. Details of the incident remain unclear, but it adds to the turbulent year the actor has faced since the allegations against him emerged. The incident raises questions about Spacey’s physical and mental well-being, as well as the impact it may have on his career moving forward.
Kevin Spacey’s attempted career comeback has hit another roadblock with the Prince Charles Cinema dropping its offer to host the premiere of Control, a film in which his voice is featured. The decision reflects the ongoing controversy surrounding Spacey and the public backlash that continues to follow him. While some defend Spacey’s innocence, others question his involvement in the film industry. The director’s quick action in finding an alternative venue demonstrates the resilience of the project, while Spacey’s recent health scare adds another layer of uncertainty to his future in the industry. As the actor navigates these challenges, the debate surrounding his past actions and his potential for redemption remains a topic of intense public interest.