More blasts from the past

oneill#28 – A fan finds this picture of Eugene O’Neill and notices a startling  resemblance to Kevin. You be the judge. Thanks, Fabiola.

#27 – Express Delivery – The immortal wordplay that made the men.

Seven

“Oh really? So, what were you doing? Biding your time? Toying with me? Allowing five innocent people to die until you felt like springing your trap? Tell me, what was the indisputable evidence you were going to use on me right before I walked up to you and put my hands in the air?”   – Vengeful psycho nutter John Doe has handed himself over to the cops, who claim that they were on his case.

The Usual Suspects

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.’

– Verbal Kint informs the police just how bad Keyser Soze is and why no one’s heard of him.

Swimming With Sharks

“I asked you to go get me a packet of Sweet-N-Low. You bring me back Equal. That isn’t what I asked for. That isn’t what I wanted. That isn’t what I needed and that s**t isn’t going to work around here.”

– On his first day at work, the new assistant to Buddy Ackerman has brought him the wrong sweetener.

Swimming With Sharks

“Your job is unfair to you? Grow up, way it goes. people use you? Life’s unfair? Grow up, way it goes. Your girlfriend doesn’t love you? Tough s**t, way it goes. Your wife gets raped and shot, and they leave their unfinished beers, stinking longnecks just lying there on the .. (He sobs and recovers) So be it, way it goes.”

– Kidnapped and tied to a chair, megalomaniac producer Buddy Ackerman outlines his philosophy of life.

– Empire magazine, December 1998 page 93

#26 – Kevin Spacey bitched at the BAFTAs that he didn’t get a free mobile out of the deal. Not that he’s always been a phone fanatic. During a performance of  The Iceman Cometh, a mobile rang in the audience and Spacey stopped and said, “Tell ’em you’re busy.” Ouch.

– Empire Magazine, Issue 133. July 2000

#25 – …There was also a play called ‘A Little World of Our Own.’  That was in 1998, in London, and it was just Farrell’s good fortune that one of  the audience members happened to be Kevin Spacey, who was fine-tuning his upcoming West End and Broadway performances in ‘The Iceman Cometh.’ “About four minutes into the play,” Spacey recalls, “my friends and I began  looking at each other and saying, ‘Who the f*** is this kid?'”  Next thing  Spacey knew, they were clinking glasses at some of London’s finer drinking holes.  “Sometimes, when you reach a certain stage, you  meet people with a certain dangerous ambition,” Spacey says. “Colin never struck me that way.  He talked about his family.”  Spacey helped Farrell land a small gangster movie, ‘Ordinary Decent Criminal’, and more significantly, representation at CAA, the fearsome Hollywood talent agency….

– Colin Farrell interview, July 2002 Vanity Fair, page 110               

#24 – From a fan: We get into a discussion about leading men. ‘Anyone who knows me knows I’m not one.’ I beg to differ. George quotes Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable as having that certain ‘Je ne sais quoi.’ I challenge him for contemporaries and run through a list of names that includes Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey, Harrison Ford and Denzel Washington along with newcomers  Benicio Del Toro and Billy Crudup. He agrees with the last four. Other mention in the same article: George doesn’t have the greatest regard for his own acting skills. ‘I can’t give you 150 takes. I can’t even give you 30 different ways of doing it! I don’t have the talent or the range for it. Kevin Spacey can do that. I’m not saying it’s a limitation that can’t grow. I’m pushing everything outward from there and at the same time protecting myself with good scripts and good directors.’

– George Clooney, The Observer, 01/20/02           

#23 – From a fan on a website: On October 9th last year (1999), when Kevin Spacey came through my hometown of Houston promoting American Beauty, one brave fan asked him the question we were all dying to hear the answer to.  “What kind of milk do you drink?” she asked. “Like regular, skim milk, or what?” “I’m a regular guy,” he replied.

– Name and date unknown, year 2000?

#22 – Oscar’s mysteries solved!

Even though Oscar’s star-studded dog and pony show is a wrap, we’re still scratching our heads about a few of the evening’s more bizarre moments. Inquiring minds want to know .. What did Lauren Bacall say under her breath when Juliette Binoche beat her out for Best Supporting actress? We hoped it was something nasty too. But she said “sweet” when Binoche said Bacall deserved the statuette.

Ditto Kevin Spacey when Jim Carrey came out? Nope, it wasn’t “I hope he does that butt-cheek thing,” but rather “Look at that jacket.” Faint praise from a guy dressed like Uncle Fester.  – Oscars 1997. (Either US Weekly or Entertainment Weekly, photo from telecast of Kevin in his long Armani coat, clapping and speaking to his date.)

RollingStone88#21- HOT CHARACTER ACTOR: Kevin Spacey “I can’t walk down the street without someone yelling, ‘Mel!’ ” says Kevin Spacey, who played Mel Profitt, possibly the most intriguing TV villain of all time, on Wiseguy. Spacey has appeared on Broadway in A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and he is currently costarring with Burt Lancaster in a feature film called Rocket Gibraltar, but he will always be remembered for the incestuous, unstable, power-mad Mel, who, after seven episodes of malice, committed suicide – his own sister administered a lethal injection to the big toe. ” I won’t be coming back,” Spacey says, with a touch of remorse. “Unlike Dallas, this wasn’t a dream.”

– Rolling Stone, May 19th, 1988 page 114.

#20 – Kevin Spacey mention in an interview with Edward Norton:

Back from Mexico, the spiritual New Yorker – “I love the density of it here, I just find it always an inspiring city” – is currently “looking for a new place”. With Hayek based in LA, he’ll likely find himself bi-coastal. He’s also looking for work. “I would do anything if I was in the mood to do it,” he insists, shrugging off his perfectionist reputation. “I don’t have a game plan. I do whatever strikes me at the moment.” And there are still plenty of people left on his working wish list, tops being Kevin Spacey. As actors do, they’ve been talking over options for ages, but “just never found the right thing”. In the meantime, the two thesps will continue to e-mail back and forth. “I love it,” Norton says of electronic post. “E-mail has returned us to a more 19th century, correspondent-focused kind of communication, which I think is great because I hate the telephone.” Let’s just hope Norton doesn’t give Spacey a rewrite.

– Empire magazine, October 2001 (Thanks, TUSfan)

#19- Kevin Spacey in a recent interview with Edward Norton (again!). Norton’s love of privacy extends to a dislike of the telephone and a preference for communicating via e-mail. He has a mobile phone but rarely gives out the number, using it only to “call out”. Someone who does have that number is actor Kevin Spacey. The two have been looking for a project to collaborate on but “we just never found the right thing,” Norton says.

– Herald Sun, 14 Dec 2001 (Thanks again, TUSfan!)

#18 – Julianne’s Baby This is new, instead of old: JULIANNE MOORE, due with baby number two, stepped out to the premiere of ‘The Shipping News.’ Moore told ET she plans on spending her holidays at home to rest. Her co-star in the film, KEVIN SPACEY, said he is hoping for a snow-covered holiday in New York. Their film opens on Christmas Day.

http://www.etonline.com  – December 17, 2001

#17 – He’s #1!  #1 – “To the unadventurous eye, he’s about as glamorous as an army tent. Sorry-haired Kevin Spacey — eyes of a 12-stepper, the bearing of a vulture waiting for the living to wander away from a carcass. But none of that matters, because he’s a magnet. If good acting is sexy, great acting is irresistible, and Kevin Spacey is a great actor. The guy’s a lion, the best off-center leading man to come around since Bogart, only he’s more expressive than two Bogies, and more inclined to less-decent applications of sexual power than all Bogies combined. In Spacey we have *the* anti-establishment sex hero for our time.”

– 21 Sex Symbols For The 21st Century, Movieline, December  1999

#16 – Kevin’s face

FOCUS: You are able to distinguish yourself in spite of your plain  face. Do you like your own face?

SPACEY: Of course, it’s my face – what can I do about it? I’m satisfied with it. On some days more, on others less.

–  Focus, January 2000, German to English translation

#15 – Filming Henry and June – 1988

All sense of impotence and isolation, playing the patsy Hugo role, is dissipated by this meeting and I feel poised to give this good news to Kevin, knowing he will dispatch himself like an Exocet missile in Mr. Altman’s direction within a sec.

– With Nails… The film diaries of Richard E. Grant, page 96

#14 – Filming Henry and June – 1988

Haul myself out of the nest and meet Spacey for a viewing of Batman in Les Halles. He is on a rant because he didn’t get any close-ups during his scene and has been in heated consultation with his agent and manager. The irony is that he is playing a man who is ferociously frustrated with his artistic lot in life, in Miller’s shadow, and I, like the all-patient and calmly listening Hugo, do the diplomatic soft-shoe shuffle. This is in complete reversal of our roles a couple of weeks back, when he was all bon vivant and cock-a-hoop, while I was stewing around in a dose of the doubts.

“When it comes down to it, let’s face it, this is just another gig like any other and it’s the same old f***ing routine and bull*** there always is.” Kevin is not going to stop here, and carries on all the way to Batman. On the way back his rage is mercifully waylaid by Batman‘s shortcomings, which he delineates with the precision of a neuro-critic, and which diverts me from my chestful of mucus and makes me laugh. Which spurs him on to even greater heights. I recognize this syndrome all too acutely and wonder whether having a brontosaurus-sized moan is common to every human or whether it is a particular specialty of actors. Whichever, it’s a relief to be merely a spectator at this entertaining outpouring of bile rather than its purveyor.

– With Nails .. The film diaries of Richard E. Grant, pages 85 & 86

#13 – Filming Henry and June – 1988

During our first meeting scene indoors, we raise again the Titanic topic of NUDITY and who is going to do what. I have signed a contract for the full frontals should this be required, hoping like hell that my fear-filled gonads will be spared. Uma says she will NOT be baring her breasts. This is out of the director’s earshot, and I am wondering if he knows about this as the script clearly requires major dollops of flesh. Maria is fully aware of what is expected and seems totally unfazed. Fred has the hooded eye of grin-and-bare-it. Kevin declares boldly that he can hardly wait to get his kit off! So a full house of every variation.

– With Nails .. The film diaries of Richard E. Grant, page 84

#12 – Filming Henry and June – 1988

Invited to dinner with Jean-Phillipe Ecoffey and Co. He is playing the bi-sexual dance teacher who also ‘dangles’ with the ubiquitous Ms Nin. We nod briefly into an eaterie that offers soup at forty dollars a bowl. Shoot out and settle for a restaurant whose clientele all seems to know him.

Someone called Belinda joins our table and declares she is in the middle of a nervous breakdown, hence her constant to-ing and fro-ing from the phone. Kevin does his impersonation cabaret which goes off like a bomb. But the shellshock of the night comes in the casual question from Belinda: ‘Are Gary and Uma coming tonight?’

– With Nails .. The film diaries of Richard E. Grant, page 78

#11 – Filming Henry and June – 1988

Resolve to share my paranoia with a bona fide American and call up Kevin Spacey, who is mercifully in, and mosey down to his place, in Place des Vosges. Of course his apartment seems crammed with LIFE. Plants, music, windows looking out on to a small courtyard garden, access to restaurants. Picture postcard Paris. The contrast underlines my feeling of isolation up the snoot end of town where everything is strait-jacketed by wealth – designer shops displaying a single item of clothing in a football-field-sized window and statued shop assistants within to match.

“You gotta move,” is Kevin’s sage advice.

Sure! ‘Dear Universal Pictures. I am writing to inform you that the vast wedding cake apartment you are so generously forking for doesn’t meet my measly requirements. Please relocate me to some sleaze. Yours Ungratefully, Grant.’

Spacey steadies my derailed nerves with a trot down his very vivid Memory Super Information Highway. He names names: who did what to whom and when and how, and did you know what a f***er this name was and what a doll that one was? Actor yak.

Kevin is waiting to play leads in movies, having done them in the theatre including Broadway. His when-will-it-be-me? kvetch receives scant support from me. My nerves are all too grateful just to be enjoying a dose of fresh air. After all, what have I to complain about? Here I am employed on a movie, in Paris, in summer, well paid and well watered and YET. I induce my own nausea at the naffness of my ninnying.

– With Nails .. The film diaries of Richard E. Grant, pages 74 & 75

#10 – Filming Henry and June – 1988

American actor Kevin Spacey bounds in as Maria beams out. He plays Miller’s best friend, an unsuccessful writer who constantly claims that he has actually written or at least inspired Henry’s work. Kevin is garrulous and encyclopedically well informed about movies and everyone in them. He is also a brilliant mimic and launches into a cabaret of his specialties including Jack Lemmon, with whom he has worked three times, and Marlon Brando, with whom he hasn’t but with whom he wants to. He is accompanied by his ancient dog, Slate, and moans that when he did a play in London Slate had to stay at home in the States. No sooner in than he is out and off to have a costume fitting and it’s starting to feel like This Is Your Life but with total strangers.

– With Nails .. The film diaries of Richard E. Grant, pages 71 & 72

#9 – Spacey, Kevin, Los Angeles, CA ……………………………..21            

Kevin’s table assignment on page 60 of the official program of the 2000 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Table 21 was listed as follows: Christian Bale, Sibi Blasic, Alfonse D’Amato, Jack Kliger, Heidi Klum, Ric Pipino, Kevin Spacey, Ed Zwick and Jesse Zwick.

Millennium Dinner Of The White House Correspondents’ Association,  Washington Hilton Hotel, Saturday, April 29, 2000, Washington, D.C.
#8 – Follow Suit, pictorial for Hart Schaffner & Marx life-style collection

From roles as evangelist Jim Bakker to a mafia underling in “Wiseguys” to crusading litigator Clarence Darrow, Kevin Spacey is a chameleon actor who triumphs in the character of the moment. Broadway audiences cheered – as did the Tony committee – for his portrayal of Uncle Louie in Neil Simon’s “Lost In Yonkers.” He now begins filming “Glengarry Glen Ross,” from David Mamet’s play. Spacey has arrived in a gray plaid flannel, single-breasted suit with a tan windowpane from the Corporate Collection by Hart Schaffner & Marx.

– Gentlemen’s Quarterly, page 168, October 1991

#7 – Scene & Heard, US Weekly, Oscar Coverage 2000

Kevin Spacey joked a day before the Oscars that he had campaigned for his win. “I have Delaware and Connecticut,” he said. “And my mom.”

– US Weekly, Page 11, April 2000

#6 – CELEBRITIES TURN OUT FOR O’TOOLE’S OLD VIC RETURN

Hollywood star Kevin Spacey was among theatre-goers who saw stage veteran Peter O’Toole revive his lead role in Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell tonight in London’s West End. His title role as the notorious journalist saw O’Toole return to the Old Vic theatre, where in 1980 he suffered some of the worst reviews ever seen for a London production for his Macbeth. But LA Confidential and Usual Suspects star Spacey saw him defeat his demons with a triumphant return.

O’Toole won huge acclaim when he played the part for the first time a decade ago, and he joined members of the original cast for tonight’s revival. Bernard, who died in 1997, was a legend in London’s bohemian Soho, renowned for his womanizing, gambling and his love of drinking in the Coach and Horses pub – the wood-panelled interior of which was lovingly recreated on stage. The play, written by journalist Keith Waterhouse and produced by Ned Sherrin, revolves around Bernard’s recollections from his life and features an impeccable performance from reformed wild man O’Toole as the perfect drunk.

The audience, which also included actor Tom Conti and former Cabinet minister Peter Mandelson, was in stitches at his performance and broke into spontaneous applause mid-way through the first act. O’Toole, Waterhouse and Sherrin decided to re-stage the production when they gathered for Bernard’s funeral. O’Toole was given a standing ovation for his performance.

Spacey, who flew in specially for the production, said: “There are some things that you cannot miss in life – Peter O’Toole at the Old Vic is one of them.” The actor, a trustee of the theatre, said: “I could not be happier to see him. I actually missed him when he did it originally so I had to be there this time. He’s incredible and he can do no wrong as far as I am concerned. “Everyone should see it.” Former Starsky and Hutch star David Soul, also in the audience, said of O’Toole: “The man’s an actor’s dream. He’s just wonderful. “It makes an old curmudgeon like myself turn into a child to see an actor like that.” The play’s writer, Keith Waterhouse, said: “It’s wonderful to see him in it after 10 years. “He brought a new depth – Jeff being dead seems to add something to the play, especially in the second act and the melancholy where he is talking about being dead. There was a sheen of melancholy.” Of O’Toole’s acting, he said: “It’s the best performance I’ve ever seen.” The run continues until September 25.

–  Anthony Barnes, Showbusiness Correspondent, PA News
Press Association Newsfile August 4, 1999

#5 – SPACEY OR DENNEHY?

“They’re both very good, and the category is the most difficult, but as far as I am concerned, Brian Dennehy is there as a stage actor, Kevin Spacey is the seduction of that play. He was brought in as a name, to attract attention because of the length of the play.” – Producer Dasha Epstein, a vice president of the American Theater Wing which presents the Tonys along with the League of American Theaters and Producers.

New York Daily News, June 4,1999

#4 – SPACEY MAY STEP IN AS SOCIETY “WALKER” 

Paul Schrader is working on a screenplay about “walkers”.  For those unfamiliar with the term, “walkers” are those attractive, unattached men who escort rich women to social functions so their bored husbands can attend to other things. Nancy Reagan’s good buddy, the late Jerry Zipkin, is serving as Schrader’s model for his main character and the writer hopes Kevin Spacey can be persuaded to play him.

– Chicago Sun Times, August 11, 1999

#3 – THINGS KEVIN SPACEY LOOKS LIKE FROM A DISTANCE

A very talented onion
Trigger off Only Fools And Horses
Wolfie from Citizen Smith
The moon in George Melies’ old film A Trip To The Moon
Charlie Brown made good in LA
Jack The Pumpkin King from The Nightmare Before Christmas, after putting on a bit of weight
Bela Lugosi (he’s dead you know)
Peter Lorre
Mark Fowler off Eastenders
The Turin Shroud (at a very great distance)
Sidney Opera House (from a really, really long way away

– Loaded, September 1997

#2 – Spacey FOOD shocker! US Weekly? – June 27, 2000

Kevin Spacey munched on cold cereal during a breakfast meeting at Asia de Cuba in Los Angeles …

#1 – Entertainment Weekly – June 2, 2000. 

 Flashes – Vehement Denials Of The Week – Page 15:

“Kevin Spacey and I are not dating.” – Clea Duvall (Girl Interrupted)