Published Nov 14, 2017The last two months have been a whirlwind of sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood and beyond, and some powerful men have had their darkest secrets revealed in the process. Kevin Spacey has been accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment, while Harvey Weinstein has been accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment from dozens (if not hundreds) of women. While most people will be glad to see them leave Hollywood, others think they could redeem themselves.
In a new interview with the BBC, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston said the two men could redeem themselves in Hollywood if they prove they are "truly sorry."
"It would take time, it would take a society to forgive them, and it would take tremendous contrition on their part," he said. "And a knowingness that they have a deeply rooted psychological and emotional problem and it takes years to mend that. If they were to show us that they put the work in and were truly sorry and making amends and not defending their actions but asking for forgiveness then maybe down the road there is room for that. Maybe so. Then it would be up to us to determine, case by case, whether or not this person deserves a second chance."
Cranston added that it's important to leave the door open for these men to redeem themselves.
"We shouldn't close it off and say, 'To hell with him, rot, and go away from us for the rest of your life.' Let's not do that," he said. "Let's be bigger than that. Let's leave it open for the few who can make it through that gauntlet of trouble and who have reclaimed their life and their dignity and their respect for others. Maybe it's possible. It would be egotistical for anyone to say, 'I hope he fails.' To that person, I would say, 'Fuck you. Why would you want that? So you can be right?'"
Watch Cranston's full interview with the BBC here.