Though he only held a relatively small part in Baby Driver, Jon Bernthal has now come forward to say that he “lost all respect” for Kevin Spacey during the production of Edgar Wright’s electric, music-driven action movie.
The former Walking Dead actor recently appeared on Sirius XM to promote The Punisher, Marvel and Netflix’s solo series centering on Frank Castle, and it was here where Bernthal admitted that he wasn’t all that surprised by the sexual harassment allegations made against Spacey, considering how much the shamed House of Cards actor “rubbed [him] the wrong way” on set.
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.
To his credit, Bernthal was wary of making allegations against Kevin Spacey (“I think it would be weak of me to sort of pile on about some shit”), but conceded that his erratic, aggressive behavior left him at a loss for words.
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. I just remember losing a ton of respect for him. The kind of man he was when I saw him, working with him, made me lose all respect for him and I was enormously disappointed.
Of course, this was long before Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp first accused Kevin Spacey of sexual assault on October 30th, when the floodgates opened to a sea of damning, deeply disturbing allegations. The rippling effect continues, too, given Ridley Scott has now decided to remove any trace of Spacey from his Getty kidnapping drama, All the Money in the World.
The Kevin Spacey scandal continues to fester, and last we reported, the disgraced actor was said to be seeking “evaluation and treatment.” There’s been no statement from him ever since, though. Meanwhile, Baby Driver speeds onto Blu-ray and DVD on November 13th, with all 13 episodes of The Punisher expected to follow four days later.