“Marvel’s The Punisher” actor Jon Bernthal recounted his experience working with Kevin Spacey on Sirius XM’s “Jim and Sam Show,” calling the actor, who is currently under scrutiny for alleged sexual misconduct, a “bully.”
Bernthal, who acted in “Baby Driver” alongside Spacey, explained that the “House of Cards” actor had fostered one the most “transformative experiences” in Bernthal’s career when he saw Spacey in a West End production of “The Iceman Cometh” several years ago. But after witnessing Spacey’s behavior on the “Baby Driver” set, Bernthal’s opinion changed.
“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,” Bernthal said. “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.”
Though Bernthal stated that he never saw Spacey engage in the sort of misconduct he’s been accused of by several men, he said that the way Spacey talked to some of the crew made him uncomfortable.
“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,” Bernthal said. “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,” he continued. “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.”
Numerous allegations have come out against Spacey since actor Anthony Rapp accused him of improper behavior when Rapp was 14 years old. Spacey is the subject of a police investigation in the U.K. after further allegations came out regarding alleged sexual misconduct while he was director of the Old Vic theater. The actor was also suspended from “House of Cards,” and Netflix announced the sixth season of the show would be its last. Sony recast his role as J. Paul Getty in the film “All the Money in the World,” with Christopher Plummer re-shooting Spacey’s scenes.
Listen to the interview below.