The highly anticipated sequel to 2016’s stunning Deadpool is set to soar into theaters on May 18, 2018. Though we’re all excited to see what’s next for the Ryan Reynolds’ legendary Wade Wilson, excitement for the film is being overshadowed due to sexual assault allegations against actor T.J. Miller.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement and allegations against disgraced entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein, Miller has been accused of sexual assault by a woman who attended college with him. Miller and his wife, Kate Gorney, have released a joint statement denying the allegations. But like the many other men who are facing accusations of sexual assault and harassment, the fallout has been swift.
Here’s the one important reason Miller should be recast in Deadpool 2.
Very serious allegations
In a report from The Daily Beast, Miller’s unnamed accuser alleged that the actor chocked and punched her during a sexual encounter when they attend school together at George Washington University. The woman goes on to claim that Miller assaulted her with a beer bottle.
At the time of the assault, the school’s student court addressed the allegations — rumors of which have circulated in Hollywood for many years.
Next: Miller’s response
According to The Daily Beast, Miller previously told friends over the years that he wrongly faced accusations of assault. When it was made public once more in December 2017, Miller and his wife released a joint statement saying,
[The unnamed woman] began again to circulate rumors online once [my and Kate’s] relationship became public. Sadly she is now using the current climate to bandwagon and launch these false accusations again. It is unfortunate that she is choosing this route as it undermines the important movement to make women feel safe coming forward about legitimate claims against real known predators.
Next: Where Deadpool stands with Miller
Zero tolerance policy
It seemed at first that Comedy Central took the allegations very seriously and quickly canceled Miller’s The Gorburger Show. However, a representative for the network later stated that the cancelation had nothing to do with the allegations. Deadpool 2 producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed that Miller will not be recast as Weasel in the upcoming superhero flick since the film’s release has already been moved up two weeks and is currently on the editing floor.
However, Donner did not say whether or not Miller would continue to appear in any future Deadpool films.
Next: Rumors have been circulating for years.
Tha allegations against Miller have followed him for many years, and though he has vehemently denied them, there have also been times when he has joked about being violent towards women. In fact, several female comics have refused to work with him. Four female comedians and bookers spoke with The Daily Beast.
One woman, Maura Brown, said, “Very commonly, women have warned each other [in entertainment] about him… and about what happened in college. never wanted to work with him [ever], and never wanted to work on the same projects as him,” and that “this convinced me to not try to book him or promote him in any way.”
Despite the corroborations and evidence, Miller has been a rising star in Hollywood, landing a major role on the HBO series Silicon Valley among others.
Next: A very guilty system
If these allegations are true, and Hollywood ignored them for years while elevating Miller, it would only be right for the studio to remove the actor from Deadpool 2.
Recasting Miller in a film that will almost certainly be a blockbuster hit and give him even more visibility is the first step in not only taking a stand, but also showing that there is a zero-tolerance policy for predatory behavior in Hollywood.
Next: Cutting out Weasel
At this point, we aren’t sure how meaty Miller’s role is in Deadpool 2, but it’s certainly not too late to recast him or edit out his scenes altogether. Reshoots, though costly, are not unheard of in Hollywood.
If executives in power and those who make major decisions refuse to take a stance against sexual assault and harassment, it may silence the movement before any real change occurs.
Next: Moving forward
Though the allegations against Miller and many other men in Hollywood are just allegations at this stage, conversations are being had, and more things are coming to light. For too long, the industry silenced women (and men) and forced them to deal with reprehensible life-altering behavior.
As the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements press forward, we must continue to listen. More than that, predators have to face accountability for their actions, regardless of their fame.
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