Kevin Spacey Quotes

'The 24 Hour Plays' is a quite brilliant, exhilarating event for everyone concerned.... - Kevin Spacey

'The 24 Hour Plays' is a quite brilliant, exhilarating event for everyone concerned.
— Kevin Spacey

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A British director directed 'American Beauty,' an important film about American life, and it didn't matter. What only mattered was everyone's sensibility.

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After graduation, I was floundering in L.A., doing stand-up comedy and working in a shoe store in the Valley.

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Am I arrogant? I've been arrogant, sure; everybody's been arrogant.

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Am I now supposed to go on Oprah and cry and tell you my deepest, darkest secrets because you want to know?

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And I certainly won't lay out areas of my life that I think are just private.

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Anytime someone can beat the acting out of someone else, I think it's a wonderful thing.

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As a producer or financier, you are going to go where you get the best bang for your buck.

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As an actor, you're always nervous as to what a director will do with something.

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As long as we, in the United States, continue to insist that our politicians have to spend all of their time raising millions of dollars for television ads, it will be corrupt. If we leave it up to the politicians to clean up lobbying and finance reform, nothing is going to change.

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As the years have gone on, I find one of the dangers of watching dailies... is you fall in love with moments.

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At the end of the day, people have to respect people's differences. I am different than some people would like me to be.

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Audiences grew to like this duality of feeling, where you're both championing a character and you're revolted by them.

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Being an actor sometimes requires that you ask yourself questions you'd rather not know the answers to.

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Bobby Darin was one of the first to take black musicians on the road with his band, and there were places that didn't want him to play, and he stood up to it.

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Both 'Consenting Adults' and 'Glengarry Glen Ross' revolve around the economic stresses of the '90s. They are about what people do when they're pushed against that wall, and how they're manipulated. They are both morality tales, though in very different genres.

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But I feel that I have a responsibility to help the film and I have relations with the studio and with those who put up the money so that I can tell a story that I believe in.

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Cable TV has become where the best actors, writers and directors have gone to work because they are allowed to do character-driven stories.

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Clarence Darrow was a unique and courageous man. Several of my favourite actors have played Darrow... Henry Fonda, Orson Welles and Spencer Tracy.

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Clearly the success of the Netflix model, releasing the entire season of 'House of Cards' at once, proved one thing: The audience wants the control. They want the freedom. If they want to binge as they've been doing on 'House of Cards' and lots of other shows, we should let them binge.

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Directing a film was something I was yearning to do. I always wanted to see if I had the capacity to be a good storyteller.

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Edward Norton and I have known each other awhile. I just think he's the real deal, supremely talented and smart. He's got a great sense of humor.

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Essentially, your voice is an instrument; it's a muscle, and you have to treat it like a muscle, and so you have to work it.

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Exposure to the arts and culture is enormously valuable.

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Film is very condensed.

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For kids growing up now, there's no difference watching 'Avatar' on an iPad or watching YouTube on TV or watching 'Game of Thrones' on their computer. It's all content. It's just story.

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For me, coming to work every day has turned out to be exactly what I hoped it would be.

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For years, particularly with the advent of the Internet, people have been griping about lessening attention spans.

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Francis Underwood was entirely based on Richard III. When Michael Dobbs wrote 'House of Cards' in the original British series, Richard III is what he based the character on.

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Fundamentally, I like to accomplish things.

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Games are advancing in terms of storytelling and trying to create a character, and it's a brand new audience for me.

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Give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in, at a reasonable price, and they'll more likely pay for it rather than steal it. Well, some will still steal it, but I think we can take a bite out of piracy.

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Have we become so celebrity-obsessed that there is no longer a difference between a character and an actor? I hope not.

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I accept the fact that some things don't go the way you hope.

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I actually have a number of lovely watches from the International Watch Company.

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I always thought that, in a way, you want your Superman to be a total unknown.

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I am different than some people would like me to be. I just don't buy into that the personal can be political.

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I am now a commander of the British Empire.

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I am so leading the life that I want and wanted and dreamed of as a kid. I'm trying very hard not to abuse it or take advantage of it.

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I became a bit of a jerk. A kind of a nasty jerk.

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I believe if you go to a movie theatre, and you see something you think is incredible, if you walk out of the theatre and there was a bin in the lobby of DVDs of the film you just watched, you would buy four of them - one for you and three for your friends.

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I believe this: If an actor wants a role or wants to work with somebody, then you do everything within reason to try to get that role. If they want you to audition, you audition. If they want you to screen-test, you screen-test. If they want you to come and tap-dance in their hallway, you tap-dance in their hallway.

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I can imagine there is going to come a time when someone will do 13 hours of a story without breaks.

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I certainly identify with the role of mentor and, to some degree, maybe teacher. I do a lot of work with kids at the Old Vic.

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I cotton to the idea that people are much closer to being flawed; they have problems and don't always make the right choices.

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I couldn't imagine something asking as much of me as 'House Of Cards.' It's a great warm-up for coming back to the screen.

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I don't care about my personal acting career anymore. I'm done with it. After 10 years of making movies and doing better than I ever could have imagined, I sort of had to ask myself: 'What am I supposed to do with all of this success that I have had?'

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I don't categorize characters into one syllable. These are fully-rounded characters that I don't judge; I just play them.

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I don't even think in terms of ambition.

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I don't live a lie. You have to understand that people who choose not to discuss their personal lives are not living a lie. That is a presumption that people jump to.

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'The 24 Hour Plays' is a quite brilliant, exhilarating event for everyone concerned.

Kevin Spacey