Q&A: Kevin Spacey
Spacey opens on Broadway this week in "A Moon for the Misbegotten." He spoke to Ramin Setoodeh.
Hello. This is Ramin Setoodeh from NEWSWEEK.
Hey. It's Kevin Spacey from "A Moon for the Misbegotten." If you get a title, I figure I could get one.
I saw the play when it was in London. The performances are excellent.
I think it's grown in the time off. It's been a pleasure, because New York audiences have been fantastically welcoming.
Since you're onstage every night, when do you have time to watch "American Idol"?
What the f--- kind of question are you asking? What kind of column is this?
I sent some examples. Didn't they get to you?
No, obviously they didn't.
Do movie stars have to dip into their savings to do Broadway?
I don't want to talk about my finances with you. I feel like I've done all the silly questions I can do this morning. Asking me if I want to watch "American Idol" does seem to go down the road of a different interview than I thought it was going to be.
Why don't you pick a topic?
The upside to doing theater is you create a family. You have a shape, you have a foundation, you have a trust. It's a little bit like—do you play sports?
Ping-Pong is one of the greatest games ever! I'm a Ping-Pong nut.
Do you have time to play?
Constantly. I have a Ping-Pong table in my apartment in London. I love Ping-Pong.
Do you play alone?
No, no. I've got friends to play.
They come over just to play Ping-Pong?
Well, not just to play Ping-Pong. I have tournaments. Whenever I'm on location, that's the one thing I always want, a Ping-Pong table. Here's my point. Why is Ping-Pong so much fun? It doesn't matter the rules are the same, it's always a different game. That's what doing a play is like.
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Celebrity Auctions: Going Once ...
Fame, we know, has its price, but what's the cost of infamy? We're about to find out, with the upcoming auctions of memorabilia from two icons of weirdness: Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith. Jackson's got some good stuff, though some of it was actually Tito's. But you can't go wrong with the Smith trove—two of her early diaries.
... Going Twice
Weren't Anna Nicole's diaries just sold? Yep. But the German who paid $500,000 for the two volumes last month on eBay is re-auctioning them. Her writing is sad, and awful: "Took a Zandrex" (Xanax?) and "I don't no what to do about Paul hes strange guy." Isn't it time to let Smith, and her journals, rest in peace?