Actor Jon Bernthal says he lost all respect for Kevin Spacey after working with him on the hit 2017 film Baby Driver, calling the now disgraced actor a “bully” on set.
Bernthal played Griff, one of the rotating cast of thieves and criminals employed by Spacey’s crime boss character Doc.
“I just remember losing a ton of respect for him,” he told SiriusXM. “I remember being on that set and I remember him really rubbing me the wrong way. And it’s funny, anybody who I was working with at the time, and people in my life remember me saying it and a lot of people reached out to me when that happened.”
He continued: “The kind of man he was when I saw him, working with, made me lose all respect for him and I was enormously disappointed. Going onto that set and working with him, I wasn’t there much and I wasn’t really in a situation to judge, but when I was there he really rubbed me the wrong way. I thought he was a bit of a bully… I didn’t really care for the way he was behaving toward some of the other people on set.
“I think he was acting toward people in a way that where I remember, at the time, thinking, man if that was a woman that he was talking to I would have done something, I would have said something. And I was really happy to sort of get out of there.”
The 41-year-old actor explained that prior the experience, Spacey had been one of his favourite actors after watching him perform in a production of The Iceman Cometh in London.
“[It was an] unbelievable sort of transformative experience in my life watching what he did and he was one of my favourite actors.”
Spacey has been accused by a number of actors of sexual harassment and assault when they were young, including Anthony Rapp and Harry Dreyfuss.
Cast and crew members on the House of Cards set also accused the actor of sexual harassment. In response, Netflix shut down production and later fired the actor.
His new film, All The Money In The World, which was gearing up for a huge Oscars push for Spacey, has now shifted focus to the film’s other stars, and has already been pulled from the prestigious AFI festival.
Spacey has made no public comment about the allegations or their consequences since October 30, when he apologised for his actions towards Rapp but said he simply did not remember them.