Full Monty star Hugo Speer fired from Disney+ reboot series over ‘inappropriate behavior’ claims | Ents & art news

Hugo Speer has been fired from upcoming series The Full Monty after allegations of “inappropriate behavior”.

The actor was due to reprise the role of Guy from the original hit film, but he has been removed from the Disney+ show following an internal investigation.

The eight part series was made 25 years after the film’s release, which followed a group of unemployed men in Sheffield forming a striptease act.

Hugo Speer (second from right) starred in the 1997 film The Full Monty. Photo: 20th Century Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock
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Hugo Speer (second from right) starred in the 1997 film The Full Monty. Photo: 20th Century Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock

A Disney+ spokesperson said: “We were recently made aware of allegations of inappropriate behavior by Hugo Speer on the set of a commissioned production.

“As is the policy, an investigation has been launched. When this was completed, it was decided to terminate his contract with immediate effect.”

A spokesperson for Speer told The Times that the actor denied the allegations and planned to challenge them.

The Full Monty returns as a limited TV series
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Speer (center) would star in the new series of The Full Monty. Photo: Disney+

In the new series, Speer would star alongside former castmates such as Robert Carlyle as Gaz, Mark Addy as Dave, Lesley Sharp as Jean and Paul Barber as Horse.

The show follows the original group of friends for eight episodes as they navigate post-industrial Sheffield and the struggles facing the crumbling healthcare, education and employment systems.

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The original British comedy film was released in 1997 to critical acclaim.

For a time it was the highest grossing film in the UK, until it was later surpassed by Titanic and nominated for four Oscars, including Best Picture.

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