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Kevin Spacey Quotes


Kevin Spacey
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Kevin Spacey Fowler
  • Born: 26th July 1959, South Orange, New Jersey, U.S
  • Influenced by: Jack Lemmon who became a father figure to Spacey and his role model
  • Alma mater: Juilliard performing arts school, Manhattan, New York
  • Occupation: Actor and producer
  • Trivia: It was his childhood friend Val Kilmer who recommended he join Juilliard performing arts school
  • Scroll down for full bio and many great quotes

"Sometimes the person who is the most logical is the person whom we call insane"

Kevin Spacey

"I find it sad that by not talking about who I sleep with, that makes me mysterious. There was a time when I would have been called a gentleman"

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"I'm trying to do something with my success which is bigger than myself. I'm no longer interested in my personal career. I am interested in the impact I can have on a lot of other people's careers and on audiences"

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"The less you know about me, the easier it is to convince you that I am that character on screen. It allows an audience to come into a movie theatre and believe I am that person"

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"If you feel you have something to give, if you feel that your particular talent is worth developing, is worth caring for then there's nothing you can't achieve"

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"I know I'm a bigger target as long as I'm seen as a Hollywood movie star instead of as an actor of the theater, even an artistic director"

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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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"I'm used to people thinking I'm nuts. And you know what? I kind of love it"

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"Success is like death. The more successful you become, the higher the houses in the hills get and the higher the fences get"

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"Politics and acting are very closely tied. The job is to convince"

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"Talent is only interesting if it's challenged"

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"I think people just like me evil for some reason. They want me to be a son of a bitch"

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"It's not even about being negative. It's just being unsettled, unsatisfied, unfinished"

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"If you're lucky enough to do well, it's your responsibility to send the elevator back down"

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"With every job, you should have something to lose, something to gain, something to learn"

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"You can't turn a "no" to a "yes" without a "maybe" in between"

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"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was making us believe that he's not real"

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"Let’s let people live their lives and do it the way they want to do it"

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

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"I have always believed that the risk takers are eventually rewarded"

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"I've never believed in pimping my personal life out for publicity"

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"We're all victims of our own hubris at times"

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Kevin Spacey Biography

Kevin Spacey drifted through school after school until his friend Val Kilmer recommended him to join the Juilliard school of performing arts in 1979.

It was here in the midst of a teacher student argument where he thought the teacher did not like him he suddenly had a moment of clarity when the teacher raged; “You big idiot! You think I don't like you because I'm tough on you? Don't you realize that I'm hard on you because I happen to think you are one of the most talented students I've ever seen? But you’re also the laziest!”. As the red mist cleared he realised he did have a talent but he had to work at it and hone those skills.

It was a humbling experience for him but it was a good lesson learned. He left Juilliard after two years but Juilliard never left him as he started his career slowly building up the roles by working hard and learning along the way. Kevin had been inspired by many greats of the silver screen including; Al Pacino, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Jason Robards, Spencer Tracy and his long time friend and mentor Jack Lemmon who he idolised.



Jack Lemmon also recognised the talent in Spacey and the rest of the movie watching world were soon to learn this, after all how many actors have a list of awards including 2 Oscars, 1 Golden Globe, 1 Emmy Award, 1 BAFTA and 1 Tony Award. Although a versatile actor Spacey has a tendency to be cast in villainous roles and his adeptness to play these nefarious characters has won him much critical acclaim.

In recent years there have been a number of historical accusations of inappropriate behaviour which have derailed his career somewhat, and although nothing has been proven in a court of law (as yet) it would appear that the judgement of the kangaroo court of social media and Hollywood has been made against Spacey, for now.

Great actors tend to let their thespian art do the talking and although he always tried to keep a barrier between his professional and personal life he has still came out with some great one liners so this is my compilation of 22 of the best Kevin Spacey quotes.

Quotes About Kevin Spacey

"The screenwriter Paul Schrader raised an olive leaf with his comment: "Spacey should be punished for any crimes his actual person created. But not for art. All art is a crime. Punishing him as an artist only diminishes art. Put Celine in jail, put Pound in jail, punish Wilde and Bruce if you must, but do not censor their art"

"The actor Anthony Sher rued the fallout of the alleged scandal surrounding Spacey: "He's an absolutely tremendous actor and if, I guess, in the past we have forgiven people's personal weaknesses it's a tremendous loss to acting"

The actress Judi Dench was hinting at a witch hunt: "Are we to go back throughout history and anyone who has misbehaved in any way, or who has broken the law, or who has committed some kind of offence, are they always going to be cut out? Are we going to extrude them from our history?"

The director Ridley Scott described working with Kevin: "I got on very well with him. He’s a very good actor, great fun to work with"

However, Ridley Scott was ruthless when he erased Spacey from his movie 'All the Money in the World': "Whatever you do in private is not my business. It only becomes my business if it infects the business that I’m in. Then it’s my duty to do something about it"

The veteran Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci took the opposite view: "When I learned that Ridley Scott had agreed to eliminate the scenes of 'All the Money in the World' in which Kevin Spacey was playing, I sent a message to editor Peter Scalia to tell Scott that he should be ashamed. And then I immediately wanted to make a film with Spacey"


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