'The Full Monty' star Hugo Speer denies misconduct after reboot sacking

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<p>Most famous for playing the bloke with the big tool in 'The Full Monty', Speer was briefly a leading man in indies like 'Swing' (opposite Lisa Stansfield) and 'Deathwatch'. Since then, he's focused more on telly - as a bad guy in 'Skins' and with 'The Musketeers' - while also cropping up in the first instalment of Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'. </p>
Hugo Speer in 'The Full Monty'. (Fox/Getty)

The Full Monty star Hugo Speer has denied claims of inappropriate conduct after being fired from a TV reboot of the classic film.

Speer was let go from the production last week following an investigation into allegations of misconduct on the set of the show, which is set to be released on Disney+.

While the specific nature of the allegations has not been made public, Disney said in a statement: "The decision was made to terminate his contract with immediate effect."

Read more: Hugo Speer: Full Monty star sacked from Disney+ reboot

Through his publicist, Speer refutes the claims of misconduct and says: "Hugo denies all the allegations and is challenging all of them."

Hugo Speer leapfrogging in The Full Monty (20th Century Fox)
Hugo Speer leapfrogging in The Full Monty. (20th Century Fox)

In the 1997 film, Speer played Guy, one of a group of unemployed young men in Sheffield who turned to stripping to raise some cash.

Also starring in The Full Monty and returning for the new series is Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Paul Barber, Tom Wilkinson, Lesley Sharp, Wim Snape and Steve Huison.

The Full Monty cast are back together for a TV series. (Disney+)
The Full Monty cast are back together for a TV series. (Disney+)

Production for the reboot started recently in Sheffield and Manchester ahead of an expected release date some time in 2023.

Read more: The Full Monty cast to reunite 25 years later for Disney+ series

The show, set in post-industrial Sheffield, will follow the original characters over eight episodes amid struggles with deteriorating healthcare, education and employment systems.

Though The Full Monty remains Speer's most famous role, he is also notable for his performances in the Sky Atlantic drama Britannia, the BBC's version of The Three Musketeers and police drama London Kills.

Actor Hugo Speer arrives for the UK premiere of her new film Resident Evil at Warner West End in London.   (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Hugo Speer arrives for a premiere in the West End. (Getty Images)

Speer also appeared in Lars von Trier's controversial film Nymphomaniac as well as The Interpreter alongside Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman.

The Full Monty was once the highest grossing film in the UK of all time before being surpassed later in 1997 by Titanic.

It went on to be nominated for a host of Oscars including Best Picture and winning for Best Original Score.

Since the success of the film, The Full Monty has been adapted into a stage play and a musical.

Watch below: Robert Carlyle: 'Sad to see UK become so divisive'.

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