I don’t enter into the merit of the tantamount hypocrisy surrounding Kevin Spacey’s fall from the Hollywood’s sky to the boiling Inferno of the media cauldron. I’m rather interested in the decision to re-take with another actor all the scenes of the movie where Mr. Spacey act as Paul Getty that looks like an Orwell’s Big Brother job.
I can’t see any difference between what is happening to Mr. Spacey and the the following quote from Orwell’s distopia:
“As soon as all the corrections which happened to be necessary in any particular number of ‘The Times’ had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files in its stead. This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs — to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date.”
But, actually, there is a big difference between the “re-writing” of Mr. Spacey’s career and the very same process ran by the Big Brother. This latter (like it or not) is run with the purposes of ruling the world, while the former is aimed at not losing the money of a disgruntled audience that might chose not to go the cinema.
Another, possibly, bigger, huge difference is that while 1984 is a novel, what is happening to Mr. Spacey is actually, damned real.