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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Frank Langella details the moment that ‘canceled’ him

Actor Frank Langella on Thursday elaborated on a pivotal moment that led to him being fired from Netflix’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” last month. Netflix took this step after an investigation into allegations of misconduct, including sexual harassment of a co-star.

In a silence-breaking essay for Deadline in which he said he had been unjustly “cancelled,” Langella wrote about a romantic scene that seemed to be at the center of the allegations.

On March 25 this year, I was doing a love scene with the actress who plays my young wife. We were both fully clothed. I was sitting on a sofa, she was standing in front of me. The director called “cut”. “He touched my leg,” said the actress. “He wasn’t in the blocking.” Then she turned and left the set, followed by the director and the intimacy coordinator. I attempted to chase but was told to “give him some space”. I waited for about an hour, and was then told that she was not returning to the set and we wrapped up.

“It was a love scene on camera. In my view it is ridiculous to legislate the placement of hands. It undermines instinct and spontaneity,” he explained.

Frank Langella Fired The Unjust And Un-American.
Frank Langella fired the unjust and un-American.

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Langella recalled that an HR rep told her not to contact a co-star, coordinator or any other employee. When he tried to explain that he had no ulterior motives, the interviewer cut him off and said, “Intent is not our concern. Netflix only deals with influence,” according to the 84-year-old artist.

Langella was playing mad father Roderick Usher in the mini-series adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s work, and the project was nearly complete. But Bruce Greenwood was hired for the role for the entire reshoot.

“It’s not fair. It just isn’t. It’s not American,” concluded Langella.

Read the full essay here.

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