As many of us know Kevin Spacey has undergone something of an ‘image problem’ in Hollywood over the last few weeks. It all began after Anthony Rapp claimed that the much older House of Cards actor sexually propositioned him when he was just 14, but soon a host of other claims came flooding out, some of which even laid bare allegations such as statutory rape of a minor and also attempted rape. In response Kevin Spacey made something of a gaffe by apologising but then quickly attempting to deflect criticism by revealing he was gay which… well no one had a problem with the fact he was going after males, but rather that they were all children. So it didn’t really help, at all. In fact it actually seemed to hurt him because the apology was taken as a face-value admission of guilt.
Cue a rapid deconstruction of pretty much everything associated with Kevin Spacey. House of Cards was cancelled, films that were due to cast him recast someone else, and movies that have already shot with him have delayed shooting so they can cut all his scenes and reshoot them with someone else.
Now, bizarrely enough, an Australian man has started a petition to replace the iconic Frank Underwood character on Netflix’s huge hit show House of Cards (played by Kevin Spacey) with another totally different Kevin.
This guy. Kevin James, otherwise known as the man who made two Paul Blart: Mall Cop movies and the man who’s in all of Adam Sandler’s films now.
"I think Kevin James can elevate House of Cards to a globally adored franchise like Game of Thrones,” wrote the man who started the petition even though House of Cards already was globally adored. He’s clearly having a bit of cheeky fun but us House of Cards fan are still struggling to get to grips with the death of a great show and petitions like this well… well we’re still in mourning and we don’t appreciate the joke.
But clearly someone appreciates it because the petition has gathered a whopping 36,000 signatures and looks like it’s right on the way to being presented to Netflix CEO for his considerations.
What do you guys think? Is this a good idea or a funny joke? Or is it just a bit too silly for your tastes? And fellow House of Cards fans, how are you dealing with the loss of a great show?