Fall of the House of Usher star on recasting of character during filming

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The Fall of the House of Usher star Kate Siegel has discussed the recasting of a key character during filming, describing the "palpable relief" she felt when Frank Langella was replaced by Flanaverse regular Bruce Greenwood.

Back when the show was first announced in 2021, creator Mike Flanagan announced that Langella would star as the titular character Roderick Usher in the eight-episode miniseries from Netflix.

According to ScreenRant, Langella was fired a few months after production began following a misconduct investigation.

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Opening up about what happened during those months, Siegal told WFPK's Kyle Meredith that "s**t went down".

"The most s**t went down," she said. "People who are correctly praising Bruce need to remember that every single scene that Bruce shot that wasn’t sitting down across from Carl Lumbly was an emergency reshoot. We redid almost all of it. It’s amazing what he did.

On the situation itself, Siegel said: "It was heartbreaking. It was overwhelming and heartbreaking and disappointing, and people were hurt. I was tangentially – I wasn’t involved in any of the actual HR stuff, but hearing about it, knowing that cast members felt sad and uncomfortable and taken advantage of by other members of the cast, other member of the cast, it was just devastating."

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She continued: "Because Mike has spent so much time building an amazing set life and experience and family, and to know that one person can come in and just f**k that s**t up made me furious as well. I think when Bruce came, there was palpable relief from everybody, because we had a scene partner, and we had somebody who we respected and respected us, and a family member back.

"I think it just, for me, solidified that feeling of you don’t need to be tortured to be an artist. You can be a good person and show up and do your job, even if you’re playing somebody extreme, even if you are in extreme situations, you are capable - anybody’s capable - of being sane, pleasant and professional on set," she concluded.

The Fall of the House of Usher is now available to stream on Netflix.

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