In January, it was announced that Josh replaced Armie Hammer, who was originally cast in the movie. The shake-up caused a lot of chatter, considering Armie himself stepped down from the role following a scandal involving unverified accusations about his sexual fantasies.
He has publicly denied the allegations.
“In light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot, in good conscience now, leave my children for four months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic,” Armie told E! News in a statement at the time. “Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.”
On Tuesday, May 11, Josh revealed that he reached out to the Rebecca actor amid his controversy.
“I know Armie a little bit, and when I knew I was gonna get the part, I emailed him and said, ‘Listen, I know you are going through it right now, I don’t like to get roles like this and I just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you and good luck, get through it,'” Josh told Man About Town. “He emailed me right back and said thank you so who knows, hopefully, he gets through it.”