Friday 19 October 2018

A-list star gave encouragement to young actors during his Irish visits

Kevin Spacey has had a long and complicated relationship with Dublin for over 17 years

Colin Farrell and Kevin Spacey in a scene from 'Ordinary Decent Criminal'
Colin Farrell and Kevin Spacey in a scene from 'Ordinary Decent Criminal'
Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

Kevin Spacey's mangled gangster brogue from Ordinary Decent Criminal may go down as one of the worst Irish accents in celluloid history - but the film saw the now disgraced star form ties in Dublin which led to him returning here at every opportunity over a near 20-year period.

The actor was initially enamoured of Irish people's general reluctance to openly accost major celebrities and described himself as "worshipping the atmosphere, the history, and of course drinking in the company of the world's finest drinkers".

It was the filming of Ordinary Decent Criminal, the ill-thought-out take on the Martin Cahill story, which saw Spacey's first extended stint here in 2000. He lived in Dublin 4, near Lansdowne Road, and frequently drank at Slattery's pub in Beggars Bush.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss