Actor Frank Langella has been fired from Mike Flanagan’s The Fall of the House of Usher midway through filming the season after a Netflix investigation found that he acted inappropriately on the set. The 84-year-old had been accused of sexual harassment, which included making inappropriate comments to a female on the set.
The Fall of the House of Usher is Mike Flanagan’s third literary adaptation for Netflix, after “The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor. He also created Midnight Mass for the streamer. The role of mad patriarch Roderick Usher, filled by Langella, will be recast and reshot. The series stars Flanagan regulars Kate Siegel, Carla Gugino, Rahul Kohli, and Henry Thomas.
A production source provided some alleged details to TMZ on Tuesday, saying that Langella “allegedly made an inappropriate joke that was sexual in nature. Our sources also say in the context of his performance, possibly during rehearsal, he touched the leg of a female costar, and further drew attention to the action when he jokingly said something like ‘Did you like that?’”
Langella has been acting since the 1960s. According to Wikipedia, he wrote a memoir reviewed as such by the New York Times Review of Books: “Langella’s book celebrated sluttiness as a worthy—even noble—way of life. There was so much happy sexuality in this book that reading it was like being flirted with for a whole party by the hottest person in the room. It was no wonder Langella was invited everywhere.” The memoir was released in 2012, and that review has aged poorly.