I bought this poster a decade ago and considered it an investment at the time. It’s been hanging above my desk for years, to the point that I half forget it’s there and completely forgot that the squiggle on the fuselage of the plane is actually Kevin Spacey’s autograph.
I just looked up from my computer screen for a minute this week and remembered Spacey was Lex Luthor in ‘Superman Returns’ and that it’s his signature, which felt more than a little odd in the light of recent events. I still like the poster generally and I even like the film far more than most people, so it’s most likely going to stay where it’s at, especially as I hardly notice the squiggle there unless I look up, it’s one small mark in an otherwise nice piece of decor.
Much has already been written about what should be an appropriate audience response to the mass of recent accusations and admissions surrounding figures in the film & television world. I’m not in a rush to throw away all my films and shows those now fallen from esteem have been involved in, the list seems to grow daily. I feel prominence plays a big part in how strong the response should be. So, if my poster were of Lex Luthor rather than Superman it’d be a completely different matter.
Another example on the same issue this week was that I pre-ordered the ‘Baby Driver‘ steelbook when I saw the film in the cinema months ago, and was pleased to receive it a few days ago with beautiful artwork that doesn’t feature Spacey on the front at all, so it has taken its intended place on my shelf with other good-looking steelbooks. However again, if the artwork had focused on Spacey’s character I would feel very differently about it being on display and it would’ve been slid in between other films with just the spine showing.
I don’t think this matter is over, sadly I fear it never really will be, there will always be people acting inappropriately and these reports will emerge, though hopefully the frequency of these will subside soon as things are dealt with. Until then, from time to time I’ll re-evaluate my film collection and gauge my own feelings about watching or possessing certain items, also pondering on how sometimes off-screen events completely change how we perceive what we watch. Once they’ve been revealed to be a villain in real life, we imbue their character with extra revulsion, diminishing likeability of their positive roles and making even comic ‘baddies’ a whole lot worse.