Kevin Spacey has won two Academy Awards, a Tony Award and a Golden Globe Award. He was nominated for a Grammy Award as well as twelve Primetime Emmy Awards. With a body of work including classic turns from Glengarry Glen Ross and Seven through to American Beauty and House Of Cards, he is unquestionably one of the finest actors of his generation. And yet his work is now forever tainted by rumor, innuendo and accusation.
Roman Polanski received five Oscar nominations, winning the Academy Award for Best Director in 2003 for The Pianist. He has also received two Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTAs, a Palme d’Or of the 2002 Cannes Film Festival in France, as well as multiple Césars. All of these were won AFTER he decided to flee from the United States after facing accusations of sexually assaulting a 13-year old girl, among others.
The great debate today is this:
Can you always separate the art from the artist?
Is it possible to judge the work separately and dispassionately from the potentially terrible crimes of the creative involved? Is it still OK to seek out and enjoy their work? Even to anticipate a new project, knowing they are alleged to have committed heinous acts?
How about when they are cancelled? Or as with Spacey and All The Time In The World, deleted? Edited out of existence? Is this OK, or does it corrupt the art?
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