Why did Kevin Spacey take on the role of Shakespeare’s ‘Richard III’?: “I’m f—-n’ nuts! Whaddaya think?”

Richard-III-Kevin-Spacey

Kevin Spacey is the consummate actor. He has two Oscars, one for The Usual Suspects and one for American Beauty. He’s currently starring in Netflix’s original series House of Cards and now, he’s showing off his self-produced documentary, Now: In the Wings on a World Stage. The film showcases his 10-month, 12-venue trans-Atlantic tour of Shakespeare‘s Richard III.

When asked by the Cleveland Plain Dealer why he took on such a challenge, not only with the play, but the documentary, Spacey responded, “I’m f—-n’ nuts! Whaddaya think?”

A bit of insanity was necessary for the such a role because it is “the second-longest role in Shakespeare’s canon.”

He explained how he mapped out his physical and mental health during Richard III, “How do I map out physically how to sustain and survive 10 months doing this play? Because every actor I talked to who’s played Richard simply said to me at one point in the conversation, ‘Be careful.’ And I was like, ‘Be careful? What do they mean, be careful?’ [What they meant was,] ‘I threw my back out, I threw my neck out, my leg get screwed up, my knee was f—-d, my ankle, I fell on it.’ So I was like, ‘Oh, s–t.’

Spacey didn’t do it alone though. He said, “I managed to make choices – with the help of incredible therapists and people who work with sports injuries – that helped me get through each performance rather than make it more difficult.

My leg was in this big sort of clamp . . . a brace that did nothing. It was like putting a glove on. I was up on my toe and crouching [but] I was in absolute control. I could move like a spider.”

The Netflix star has since recovered and he’s about to star in the one-man show, Clarence Darrow, at the Old Vic Theatre in London. The show runs May 28-June 15.

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/julia-louis-dreyfus-veep.jpg
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: “Opportunity for women in television has increased. It’s because the landscape has widened”
"I did not come out of SNL as any kind of name. I didn’t do anything particularly great when I was there. I didn’t. It’s fine. But I learned a tremendous amount."
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Tituss-Burgess-Unbreakable-Kimmy-Schmidt.jpg
Tituss Burgess on How He Landed His ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Role
Burgess reveals how his role on 30 Rock led to 'Kimmy Schmidt' and whether or not he'd consider returning to Broadway.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Christine-Baranski-The-Good-Wife.jpg
Christine Baranski on the End of ‘The Good Wife’ and Going Back to Theatre
The final episode of The Good Wife airs on May 8, and it’s been several weeks since series star Christine Baranski shot the final episode with her co-stars. She spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the end of the series she has spent the last seven years working on and what she plans to do […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/jake-gyllenhaal-demolition.jpg
Jake Gyllenhaal on ‘Demolition’, Working with Chris Cooper and Directors Who Want Nothing to Do With Him
"I think storytelling is the most important part of movie-making over performance." - Jake Gyllenhaal
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/don-cheadle-miles-davis.jpg
Don Cheadle: “Be scared. Be on the edge of your creativity”
"Be willing to fall flat on your face and be in an unknown place. If you're doing that, you're probably growing" - Don Cheadle