Many have come forward in recent days to share stories of sexual misconduct at the hands of actor Kevin Spacey, and now his Baby Driver costar Jon Bernthal says Spacey was a “bully” on the set of their recent hit film.
In an interview on the Jim and Sam Show on SiriusXM this week, Bernthal described his personal experiences with Spacey, who has entered a treatment facility after the slew of recent allegations. The actor, who is best known for his role as Shane Walsh on The Walking Dead and for Netflix’s The Punisher, revealed he “lost a lot of respect” for Spacey while working with him.
“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. A lot of people reached out to me when that [the allegations] happened,” he said.
Bernthal added that when he was a young actor visiting London, he went to see Spacey performance in a production of The Iceman Cometh, sitting in the front row and giving Spacey a standing ovation. “[It was an] unbelievably sort of transformative experience in my life watching what he did and he was one of my favorite actors.”
This made his experience on set all the more disheartening.
“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, for that reason…The kind of man he was when I saw him, working with, made me lose all respect for him and I was enormously disappointed.”
While we’re sure this was a disillusioning experience for Bernthal, we’re glad that the truth about Spacey is coming out. Every story and account that comes to light about systematic bullies and abusers is a step towards making this kind of behavior a thing of the past.