Saturday 21 October 2017

Kevin Spacey: It’s mandatory to have an ‘absolute ball’ in Ireland

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in House of Cards
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in House of Cards
Actor Kevin Spacey poses with the award for Best Actor - TV Sereis, Drama for his role in "House of Cards," in the press room at the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards, January 11, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic in London for the celebration of the life of Peter O'Toole. Picture: Simon Annand
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Revered actor Kevin Spacey is used to rubbing shoulders with the A-list, but he has agreed that it is the Irish people that really know how to party.

The 55-year-old actor has nothing but fond memories of the time he spent here filming Ordinary Decent Criminals in 2000.

“God that’s a long time ago but I just remember worshipping the atmosphere, the history, and of course drinking in the company of the world’s finest drinkers,” he told The Irish Sun.

“Who wouldn’t have an absolute ball there? It’s mandatory,” he added.

Kevin Spacey in House of Cards
Kevin Spacey in House of Cards

The New Jersey native recalled the moment he first saw Colin Farrell on stage in London, claiming he instantly knew the Dublin-born actor would be a star.

Spacey was so impressed by Farrell that he convinced director Thaddeus O’Sullivan to cast the inexperienced actor as Alec in the criminal flick.

The House of Cards star admitted that he found finding the Irish accent a “total bitch” to master while playing notorious conman Michael Lynch.

However, the New Jersey native is keen to return to these shores and hopes a future project while give him the opportunity to do so.

He was previously in talks to star as former billionaire Sean Quinn in a biopic, but he laments that it never came to fruition.

“I love Ireland, so any chance I get to work there again I’ll grab it with both hands.”

Kevin Spacey speaks at the Museum Of The Moving Image 28th Annual Salute Honoring Kevin Spacey on April 9, 2014 in New York City
Kevin Spacey speaks at the Museum Of The Moving Image 28th Annual Salute Honoring Kevin Spacey on April 9, 2014 in New York City

“It was a fantastic experience and I’d love to come back and work there again soon,” he said.

The Hollywood star finally claimed a Golden Globe to add to his collection last month for his role on House of Cards.

He had previously been nominated eight times.

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