What should have been one of the most satisfying months of Bryan Singer’s professional life has eroded into a living nightmare. Last week, The Wrap broke the story that Singer was being accused in a lawsuit of doing some deeply dark things to an underage boy, as part of a Hollywood sex ring. The lawsuit was timed to inflict maximum damage: Singer’s mega-budget movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past is being released on May 23, and was being hailed as a comeback of sorts after Singer’s last film, Jack the Giant Slayer flopped hard at the box-office.
The question in my mind immediately became, how could Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies, possibly participate in the global marketing push that $200 million dollar movie requires? We now have our answer: he can’t. Buzzfeed broke the story, which has since been confirmed by Singer’s rep:
“The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false. I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past. This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I’ve decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film. However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shake down it is. I want to thank fans, friends and family for all their amazing and overwhelming support.”
Singer’s absence was inevitable, but his presence will no doubt be felt all the way up to the red carpet premiere. For the actors, who in this case are some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, it is almost impossible to talk about a film of this technical and structural scope without mentioning the director’s contribution. And if they purposely avoid mention of Singer’s name, that’s almost worse. For once in our life, we don’ envy Jennifer Lawrence.