What was supposed to be a joyous reunion has taken a serious turn.
Following an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct, actor Hugo Speer has been removed from the upcoming The Full Monty sequel series over at Disney+.
Speer played Guy in the original film, and was brought back to reprise the role alongside other cast members Mark Addy (Game of Thrones) and Robert Carlyle (Once Upon A Time).
The news was released in an official statement from the streamer:
“[We were] made aware of allegations of inappropriate conduct by Hugo Speer on the set of a commissioned production. As is policy, an investigation was launched. Upon its completion, the decision was made to terminate his contract, with immediate effect.”
It’s unclear if his character will be recast or if the writer’s will have to tweak the script to address his absence.
Sources told Deadline that the actor denied the allegations and planned to appeal them.
Released in 1997, The Full Monty follows six unemployed men who decide to create a male striptease act to make money. The film was a mega-success and earned four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director, winning one for Best Original Score – Musical or Comedy. It also beat Titanic, the presumed favourite for Best Film at the BAFTA Awards – although this is not surprising in hindsight considering the BAFTA’s often favour British movies.