Hall Of Idols #36: Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey

Thirty-sixth installment in a series exploring very important people in my life.

Let me start explaining how this will work: I listed 65 idols of mine. Every Friday (with the exception of those reserved for the Rock Chain posts) I’ll draw one of the names (following a system that it’s really not important to be explained here) and talk about it.

Therefore, the order in which the names will appear doesn’t necessarily shows where they rank in my preference.

As a final introductory note, this is also not a biography article. I’ll just write how I feel about people represented in it, their talent and their importance in my life.

I have an opinion that anybody that likes a good movie is draw to it mainly by the story. However, there are a few times when the actor is so good you ended liking the movie even more due to his acting.

There are a few actors that manage to do this and chiefly among them is Kevin Spacey.

Kevin Spacey Fowler was born July 26, 1959 in South Orange, New Jersey (USA). His mother was a secretary and his father a technical writer and data consultant. He graduated in High School at Chatsworth High School in Los Angeles as valedictorian for his class.

At Chatsworth he starred in a school Senior production of The Sound Of Music as Captain Von Trapp. After graduation he returned to New York to study drama at Julliard and during his time he performed stand-up comedy.

In 1981, he debuted as a professional actor at the New York Shakespeare Festival as a spear carrier in Henry VI part 1. He then started to get Broadway roles and starred in productions of plays by Henrik Ibsen, Moliére and Chekhov.

It didn’t take long for him to start getting roles on TV series and movies. He had a small role on Working Girl and other movies, but started to get attention with his sudden, unexpected, unannounced and wonderfully scary appearance as John Doe, the serial-killer in Seven.

Seven was the first time I witness Kevin genius at acting and I was amazed of how despicable he managed to be. I mean, although the final will of the villain was to be killed, I wanted to kill him personally.

However, Seven was a powerful but small role. He really got me when he interpreted Roger “Verbal” Kint, or Keyser Soze, if you prefer, in The Usual Suspects. I’m as far as someone can be of a movie or acting specialist but to me this one ranks as a Top 5 greatest interpretations of all time. I was just speechless at the end of the movie. Maybe I’m too gullible, but he managed to easily fool me. And he convinced the Academy as well, winning his first Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

And he was equally wonderful (although no awarded with an Academy Award) in L.A. Confidential, The Negotiator, K-PAX, The Life Of David Gale and as despicable teacher in 21.

He won another Oscar and 16 (!) other awards for his role as a typical unhappy suburban American in American Beauty. I’m not a big drama fan, but this one is great and one of the main reasons is Kevin performance.

And if all that wasn’t enough he is a good comedian and imitator. His impersonations of –his friend and mentor – Jack Lemmon – and Johnny Carson are priceless.

And just to wrap it up, what can we say about his role as everybody’s favorite mean, crooked, cunning and elusive politician in the Netflix series House of Cards?  Just one more proof of his endless talent.

Therefore, Mr.Spacey, I will tell you one thing: Every day is the first day of the rest of your life but one – the day you enter the Hall of Idols.

Be sure to check out my book “Straight And Lethal” winner of the NABE Pinnacle Awards 2014 Fall edition.

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