Actor Frank Langella denounces “cancel culture” in response to firing from Netflix’s Fall of the House of Usher

Veteran Hollywood and stage actor Frank Langella responded to allegations of “sexual harassment” in a scathing letter published last week in dead line, the entertainment industry publication. The veteran performer was fired in early April from the set of Netflix’s miniseries The Fall of the House of Usherbased on the famed Edgar Allan Poe short story (published in 1839) and directed by Mike Flanagan.

Langella’s letter, which has received widespread attention, denounces the identity politics-fueled “cancel culture” that cost him his job. It also exposes the anti-democratic, stifling conditions that have been produced by the #MeToo frenzy pursued over the last several years in the press and political establishment.

According to the 84-year old Langella, who was playing the lead role of Roderick Usher in the series, the allegations of “unacceptable behavior” stemmed from the filming of a love scene on March 25. “I was performing a love scene with the actress playing my young wife. Both of us were fully clothed. I was sitting on a couch, she was standing in front of me,” he explains.

Langella continues: “The director called ‘cut.’ ‘I touched my leg,’ said the actress. ‘That was not in the blocking.’ She then turned and walked off the set, followed by the director and the intimacy coordinator. I attempted to follow but was asked to ‘give her some space.’”

Actor Frank Langella speaks after winning the award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his work in ‘The Father,’ at the Tony Awards at the Beacon Theater in New York on June 12, 2016. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP )

This set into motion an “investigation,” the absurd and overbearing character of which could be mistaken for a parody if its implications were not so ominous.

Langella explains: “Approximately one week later, Human Resources asked to speak to me by phone. ‘Before the love scene began on March 25,’ said the questioner, ‘our intimacy coordinator suggested where you both should put your hands. It has been brought to our attention that you said, ‘This is absurd!’”


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