Hugo Speer: why Full Monty actor dropped from Disney+ reboot

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A Disney+ spokesperson said an investigation was launched into the actor following allegations of “inappropriate behavior.”

Speer was set to reprise his role as Guy 25 years after the release of the original film, which followed a group of unemployed men in Sheffield who started a striptease act.

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Who is Hugo Speer?

Speer is an English actor and director born on March 17, 1968 in Harrogate.

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The 54-year-old studied acting at the Arts Educational Schools in London and began his career starring in series such as McCallum, The Bill, Heartbeat and in a small role in the film Bhaji on the beachdirected by Gurinder Chadha.

His first notable role was as Guy in the original full month film in 1997. While Speer has appeared in a handful of films such as Swing (1999), death clock (2002), The interpreter (2005), late bloomer (2011) and Nymphomaniac: Vol. 1 (2013) has been most of his acting career on television.

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Hugo Speer at a photocall on day three of the 15th Dinard Festival of British Film on October 9, 2004 in Dinard, France (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

He’s acted on shows like Men Behaving Badly, Hearts and Bones, Clocking Off, The Last Detective, The Rotters’ Club, Sorted, Silent Witness, Taggart, Skins, Death in Paradise, Midsomer Murders, Marcella and London kills.

He was last seen in the 2021 Netflix fantasy series shadow and bone.

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In 2010 he made his directorial debut with the short film MAM with Josie Lawrence (Good omens, Eastender) and Speers’ full month co-star Paul Barber.

Speer married Vivienne Harvey, an actress, writer and director from Glasgow, on 19 February 2015.

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Why was he dropped from the Full Monty reboot?

Speer has been released from the upcoming Disney+ The Full Monty Series restart after allegations of “inappropriate behavior”.

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The 53-year-old was set to reprise the role of Guy 25 years after the release of the original film, which followed a group of unemployed men in Sheffield who start a striptease act.

A spokesman for the Disney+ streaming service said the decision to remove him from the show came after an internal investigation.

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Hugo Speer attends the press night of Matilda: The Musical at Cambridge Theater on November 24, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

They said: “Recently we were made aware of allegations of inappropriate behavior by Hugo Speer on the set of a commissioned production.

“As policy dictates, an investigation has been launched. Upon its completion, the decision was made to terminate his contract with immediate effect.”

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While Speer has not commented on the allegations or the move to dump him The Full Monty reboot that Times has reported that a spokesman for the actor has said he denies the allegations and intends to dispute them.

The Full Monty The series reboot was announced by Disney+ earlier this March, with the streaming service stating, “The limited series will follow the original band of brothers as they navigate the post-industrial city of Sheffield and society’s crumbling health, education and employment sectors .

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“The series will explore the brighter, goofier, and more humane way forward where united effort can still triumph over adversity.”

The original Full Monty film was released in the UK on August 29, 1997 (Photo: 20th Century Studios)

The eight-episode program will see the original leads reprise their roles, including:

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  • Robert Carlyle (The world is Not Enoughtrain spotting) as Gaz
  • Mark Addy (A Knight’s Tale, Game of Thrones) as David
  • Lesley Sharp (before we dieScott & Bailey) as Jean
  • Wim Snape (mr jackThe mug girls) as Nathan
  • Steve Huison (Coronation Street, The Royal Family) as Lomper
  • Tom Wilkinson (Watership Down, Belgravia) as Gerard
  • Paul Barbier (matchmaker, accident) as a horse

The show also brings back the original film’s Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Simon Beaufoy, who said of the series, “We’re beyond thrilled to bring all the Monty Men back together – now with a chaotic entourage of kids, grandkids, pets and various hangers-on – to see what life is like in Sheffield twenty-five years later.”

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