Spacey: American Beauty was my peak
Kevin Spacey has revealed the huge success of American Beauty made him pursue theatre as a goal instead of film.
Kevin's performance as melancholic Lester Burnham in Sam Mendes' drama won him the Oscar and Bafta awards for best actor in 1999, and was widely praised by critics and audiences alike.
"After American Beauty came out, frankly it went better than I could possibly hope - and I thought, 'I've done it, I don't need to chase that dream'," he said before attending the Jameson Cult Film Club screening of The Usual Suspects in Dublin, Ireland.
"What could I do now? Was I going to spend ten years trying to be that guy on those lists in the 'hot' movies? I want to chase another dream, and do something different," he added.
Instead of hankering for more big-screen roles, Kevin chose to focus on theatre and became artistic director of the Old Vic.
"I wanted to put all the incredible good fortune and put it towards something that needs my help, which is the Old Vic. It meant my priorities shifted - not that I walked away from film, but I was walking towards something else," he continued.
He continued to produce films like The Social Network, tipped to be a big winner at the Oscars.
"The fact I've been able to keep one foot in the film world as a producer and as an actor and yet dedicate myself fully to the Old Vic has been extraordinary," he said.
The Jameson Cult Film Club screening of The Usual Suspects in Dublin was part of the 2011 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, which takes place from February 17-27.