Famed actress Kate Siegel recently shared her disappointment over Frank Langella’s alleged unprofessional behavior on the set of Netflix’s ‘The Fall of the House of Usher.’ As the actor portraying Roderick Usher’s illegitimate daughter, Camille L’Espanaye, Siegel gave a captivating performance. The original cast featured Langella, who was later replaced by Bruce Greenwood due to unacceptable conduct leading to his termination from the series.
Through a recent podcast with Kyle Meredith With…, Siegel conveyed her frustration over the incident, describing how Langella’s inappropriate behavior led to numerous emergency reshoots. Siegel praised Greenwood for stepping into the tough situation and maintaining a professional and respectful atmosphere on set.
“Dude, the most s—t went down! People who are correctly praising Bruce [Greenwood] need to remember that every single scene Bruce shot that wasn’t sitting down across from Carl Lumbly was an emergency reshoot. We redid almost all of his stuff. It’s amazing what he did,” expressed Siegel.
The actress further elaborated on how Langella’s misconduct adversely impacted the cast, ultimately contributing to a less than ideal experience for everyone involved.
“It was heartbreaking. It was overwhelming and heartbreaking and disappointing. And, you know, people were hurt. I wasn’t involved in any of the actual HR stuff. But hearing about it, knowing that cast members felt sad and uncomfortable and taken advantage of by other members of the cast — other member of the cast — and it was just devastating.”
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Bruce Greenwood’s arrival was welcomed, stepping into the challenging role of Roderick Usher after Langella’s dismissal following allegations of sexual harassment. Although Langella refuted these accusations, his alleged behavior caused considerable turmoil within the cast and crew.
Kate Siegel lauded Greenwood for his professionalism and respect towards his colleagues, emphasizing the importance of maintaining decency even when portraying extreme characters.
“Mike has spent so much time building an amazing set life and experience and family. And to know that one person can come in and just f—k that s—t up made me furious, as well. And I think when Bruce came, there was palpable relief from everybody, because we had a scene partner. We had somebody who we respected and respected us, and a family member back. And I think it just, for me, solidified that feeling of you don’t need to be tortured to be an artist. You can be a good person and show up and do your job, even if you’re playing somebody extreme, even if you are in extreme situations. You are capable — anybody’s capable — of being sane, pleasant and professional on set,” voiced Siegel.
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