Gabriel Byrne: Kevin Spacey’s ‘Sexually Inappropriate Behavior’ Stopped Usual Suspects Filming For 2 Days
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interview with The Sunday Times, actor Gabriel
Byrne revealed that production on his most famous film, 1995’s
The Usual Suspects, was “shut down abruptly for two
days” after co-star Kevin Spacey (who won an Oscar for his
performance as Verbal Kint) was accused of “sexually
inappropriate behavior towards a younger actor.”
At the time, Byrne says he and other cast members had no idea
why the filming stopped. “It was only years later that we began
to understand,” he said.
Byrne delivers a series of “I knew but I didn’t know
that much” remarks that are quickly becoming as
typical as the allegations surrounding them, which reveal a
culture (that exists well beyond the borders of Hollywood, by
the way) that would rather ignore uncomfortable truths than
confront them head on.
“I did not know honestly then the extent of his violence,”
Byrne says. “I mean, he was kind of a joke in that people would
say, ‘That’s Kevin,’ but nobody really understood the depth of
similar comments about Harvey Weinstein, whom he calls a
“sleazebag” and “a vile bully” before adding:
“I had heard vague rumors — I have to stress that they were
vague — of doors being locked and women being
compromised…But I did not know, and many people didn’t
know, the extent of the violence that he perpetrated on
Did I mention that The Usual Suspects was directed by
Bryan Singer? Just something to note.