Bryan Cranston appears to have backtracked from his recent comments that Kevin Spacey is "not a very good person" and that his career is probably over.
The 61-year-old actor has now suggested that there could be a way back for Spacey and Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in Hollywood following allegations of sexual assault being made against them.
"If they were to show us that they... are truly sorry and are making amends, not defending their actions but asking for forgiveness," the Breaking Bad star told the BBC.
He said it would "take time... and tremendous contrition on their part", continuing: "It would be up to us to determine case by case whether or not this person deserves a second chance."
Weinstein and Spacey have denied the accusations against them.
Cranston commented that anyone found guilty of assault and abuse would have to accept that "they have a deeply rooted psychological and emotional problem that takes years to mend".
He also ruminated that they would have to be willing to "put the work in" if they wanted to see their career rehabilitated.
Cranston recently addressed the "beyond disgusting" allegations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, saying of Spacey: "He's a phenomenal actor, but he's not a very good person. His career now I think is over."
Commenting on the "almost animalistic" abuse of power and status in the industry, he also said a much-needed change of attitudes was happening in the industry.
"That sort of experience goes unchecked until something like this happens," he went on. "The pillars of what was are falling. Everything is being exposed."
In an unprecedented move announced last week, it was confirmed that Spacey's performance would be cut from the recently completed movie All the Money in the World, and that he would be replaced by Christopher Plummer.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Spacey has said he is currently seeking "evaluation and treatment".
Cranston is currently starring in the stage adaptation of Network at the National Theatre.