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Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey takes your questions

February 19th, 2011
04:41 PM ET

Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey is one of the most iconic figures on-screen and stage and has appeared in a number of critically acclaimed movies.

Spacey first began his career in the 1980s as a stage actor and eventually moved into film a decade later.

The double Academy award winner has starred in such films as "The Usual Suspects" and "American Beauty".

Since 2003, Spacey  has also been the artistic director of the Old Vic theatre in London.

Here's your chance to have your questions answered by this Hollywood actor.

Please leave your questions for him below and be sure to tell us where you're writing from.

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  1. Molly Azami

    I strongly believe in unity through the arts. I am very interested in the theatre project you are involved with in the Middle East and the work you have done in China. Can you explain your motivations for these projects?

    February 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  2. Nick Morrison

    In a recent interview with William H. Macey, he was asked if you have any advice for actors young and old who are new to Hollywood. His responce: Take Fountain. Do you agree?

    February 19, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  3. Kevin in Chestertown, MD

    Hi Kevin (great name, by the way...)

    What play would you most like to be seen adapted to the big screen? Or, do you believe that a play cannot be given its due when translated to a movie?

    February 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  4. Molly Azami

    I am writting from Athens, GA, USA

    February 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  5. Jesse Harris

    When do you think aliens are going to say "we're here"?? Fort Bliss Texas

    February 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  6. Paul Testa

    You probably are much too nice for it, but would you consider running for president? We need good people like you to make us feel good again about this country!

    February 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  7. Sal

    From Florida. When will we see you in Inseparable?

    February 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  8. Daniyal Siddiqui

    Watching your work is truly inspiring. When doing a read, what about a character are you looking for when deciding on whether or not to take that role. And if you take that role, do you have any difficulty maintaining character throughout the shoot

    Writing from Nevis, West Indies, but from Houston, Tx

    February 19, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  9. Paul Testa

    You probably are much too nice for it, but would you consider running for president? We need good people like you to make us feel good again about this country!

    Paul in Florida.

    February 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  10. John Harding

    hello Mr Spacey. Do you think if we discount the graphics and special effecets in most movies these days, the movies on their own match up to the movies of the past when acting was the key ingredient?

    February 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  11. John Harding

    oh yeah. i am from beautiful Vancouver Canada.....

    February 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  12. Sophie (Versailles, France)

    What did your role as artistic director of the Old Vic bring to you ? What is you assessment of the past eight years at the Old Vic ?

    Versailles, France

    February 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Reply
  13. John Parathyras

    What is for you the worst part about being a successful Hollywood actor? And the best?

    February 19, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  14. Lilly

    Are you ever too old to start and acting career?

    February 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  15. Michele

    Do you believe today's postmodern society, which is schizophrenic in nature facilitates your taking on of new characters? do you remain unaffected by the transient nature of the various personages you incarnate, and finally do you believe this malleability of character and persona that is so inherent to the 21st century man can be made to work towards the bettering of society?

    February 19, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  16. Harriet and Blah Blah Nyborg

    Although you were in Superman, I get the feeling that you are not an actor who wants to appear in big budget comic book movies. What's your feeling on Hollywood making so many movies based on juvenille pulp entertainment rather than adult literature and classics?

    February 19, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  17. M B

    It can be tempting to imagine that very successful people lead charmed lives and that everything just falls into place, but, of course, that isn't true. How then, do you account for your success? Do you have a master plan for your life with particular milestone goals set out years in advance? When you encounter a set-back or disappointment – as we all inevitably do – what strategy do you apply in recovering from that?

    February 19, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  18. Pavel

    Hey Kevin, so, in the end of K-PAX, did you really leave or was he insane this entire time? What's your take on the movie?

    February 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  19. FrancHis

    Hi!! Do you find any difference between the American and the London theatre?

    February 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  20. gus

    Dear Mr.Stacey,which writer you like the best?

    February 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  21. FrancHis

    Hi im Francis, forgot to say where im from. (Perú) i wanted to ask Mr Spacey if he sees differences between American and Uk theatres and plays. Thanks!

    February 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Reply
  22. Mary from Upstate Ny

    what is your real , u know when a person is real or fake , so many of us feel stars are fake at times. is the world of your industry ever being real in every day life

    February 19, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  23. Anna

    Kevin, could you tell about your project TRIGGER STREET .com? I won a prize for the best radio play to be written from Russia and the Caucasus in the BBC World Service & British Council International Radio Playwriting competition 2005. Now I'm thinking of uploading the play in the Plays section. In Russia it's very hard for emerging writers to have a play staged. Our directors and producers are dead sure all good playwrights have ceased long-long-long time ago. So they prefer classics like Chekhov.

    February 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  24. pauline garland

    why is there very few plays from the westend ect. available on dvd, no matter how hard anyone may try theatre of this kind is not accessable to many, maybe because of cost or distance, thankyou sir.

    February 19, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  25. katherine copperfield

    " the usual suspect " and " American beauty " – why do you think this movies won the academy award in you personal opinion ?

    February 19, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  26. Barbara (Italy)

    My question for Kevin: what is your favorite album and what music did you listen to while growing up?

    February 19, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  27. Latissa

    Mr Spacey, Your favorite author of the last decade? WhY? Thank You

    February 19, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  28. Latissa

    Mr Spacey, Your favorite author of the last decade? WhY?
    Thank You from Norman, Ok

    February 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Reply
  29. zaab

    next time in Paris with LA Alex and Jerry will you let me know man I will show you the real Paris nightlife even if you come alone ?
    keep up your great work will you film in Paris soon?
    or how about doing Lonestar by JAMES MCCLURE as a play?
    zaab NYC singer/ composer actor in Paris

    February 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  30. Jason

    Mr. Spacey, what's the reason for life, the universe and everything? Yours truly, Jason from The Netherlands

    February 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  31. Kelly

    I've been fortunate to see several of your performances at the OV over the last six years, and I look forward to seeing RIII in New York.

    You recently announced the creation of a Middle East theatre arts academy. Will tihs be similar to the OVNV program you've started in London?

    Thanks for your time and generosity!

    Kelly in Jacksonville, Florida

    February 19, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  32. R.F.Kloss

    Vandal king Genseric dominated Europe during 50 years on V century AC. He was never defeated and died lord of all the territories he conquered along his life.
    A Spanish film director signed a contract to make a film about the life of Genseric, based in a novel written by Dario Varela, but he did not deliver on financial grounds.
    Would you consider making one or more film on this amazing king?

    February 19, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  33. S.Khan

    Mr. Spacey, what is the most challenging role you ever had to play ? From Trinidad, West Indies

    February 19, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Reply
  34. Tricia from Virginia

    Mr. Spacey, Love your work and am looking forward to Richard III. I understand you plan ahead, can you tell us what your plans are after your tenure at the Old Vic is up?

    February 19, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  35. Patricia Rodwell

    I think you do the best Johnny Carson ever. What happened in your past that prompted you into developing that impression? Were you overwhelmed with prospect of becoming Artistic Director for the Old Vic, following in the footsteps of the likes of Lawrence Olivier? Thanks from Pat from Hamilton Ont. Canada.

    February 19, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  36. Jen Jen

    I have a question about K-Pax too. How many takes did you have to do for that banana-chomping scene?

    [ a fan who met you in Singapore 🙂 ]

    February 20, 2011 at 12:10 am | Reply
  37. Rahul Banerjee (Indian)

    Hello Mr. Spacey...I was wondering if I could take you back to a film called "Pay It Forward". If it is not too much to ask, could you share some views and thoughts you had before and after the film? Thank you. Japan

    February 20, 2011 at 12:15 am | Reply
  38. Tad Pole

    Were you really so upset when you visited Vienna last year to honor Maximilian Shell, or was it just *yucks and giggles*?

    February 20, 2011 at 12:38 am | Reply
  39. Marianne

    If they ever shoot a movie about you, who would you like to see playing your role?

    Kisses from London!

    February 20, 2011 at 1:07 am | Reply
  40. Stephanie

    You know how everyone has a twin. Someone in this world that looks just like them. Your twin lives in Sun Valley, Idaho and many years ago when I was a corporate Jet Pilot based in Houston, I dated him. We dated for about four months and I have to say, it was kind of fun dating "you"... Everyone was convinced... So, I say thank you for your celebrity, we enjoyed it immensely, in fact, "John" still probably does. Though, I think you have aged much better.
    I now live in the Virgin Islands and enjoy your films. We ski at Deer Valley every year and enjoy the Sundance experience. Your work is stimulating and wonderful, thanks so much for the entertainment!

    February 20, 2011 at 1:14 am | Reply
  41. Suzie Spence

    Mr Spacey, you are my favourite actor! Who are 5 people (living or dead) you would have around for dinner? Thank you.

    February 20, 2011 at 1:52 am | Reply
  42. Suzie Spence

    From Tasmania, Australia

    February 20, 2011 at 1:52 am | Reply
  43. Greg Richters

    Dear Kevin,

    you haven't starred in a great film since American Beauty. Why is that? But your stage work has been brilliant as always. Loved you in National Anthems, will see you in Richard III.

    Best, Greg
    From London

    February 20, 2011 at 2:26 am | Reply
  44. Bette Ann

    I absolutely cherish everything you do (on screen) and want to catch you on stage. To me, you are one of the most serious, versatile, likeable and terrifically dislikale characters I've ever witnessed;
    every time so cinvincing, I had no idea you were acting any of those scenes......you WERE your character.keep it up, you are the best!!

    February 20, 2011 at 2:39 am | Reply
  45. Mia (Korea)

    Mr. Spacey,

    What other countries in the world would you like to visit and why?

    February 20, 2011 at 3:15 am | Reply
  46. Gloria Shyne from India

    DEar Kevin
    I've been watching your films for years, and wondered especially how you achieve and sustain the necessary level of concentration to pull off a role like the one in American Beauty, and then how you unwind from gathering all that energy?

    February 20, 2011 at 3:22 am | Reply
  47. Ross

    Hi Kevin,
    In a few interviews, you've been asked to perform some of your impressions. How do you feel impressions factor into your work as an actor? Is it a by-product of the talent or an integral part of achieving the realism of acting?

    February 20, 2011 at 3:37 am | Reply
  48. Alton Bryson

    Mr Spacey, what say if you if you could help with the future of the American Dollar?
    Top actor of our times! Thanks

    February 20, 2011 at 4:03 am | Reply
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    February 20, 2011 at 8:17 am | Reply
  50. Aileen

    Dear Mr. Spacey, I'm an aspiring actor and you are one of my favorite thespians. What preparations do you do for the characters you play? Are you or do you consider yourself a method actor? Also, you have been in the industry for many years. Would you say you have learned everything in acting or is improving your craft a never-edning process? Thank you! –Aileen, Philippines

    February 20, 2011 at 9:16 am | Reply
  51. Aileen

    Sorry for the typographical error, I meant never-ending process. ^.^'

    February 20, 2011 at 9:17 am | Reply
  52. Rae Harvey

    Our performers in film, theater and the sports arena are often put on pedestals, and the lives we imagine they live are filled with spectacular moments, parties, expensive vacations and leisurely luxury. Reality rarely cooperates with fantasy – bills must be paid, health issues addressed, family squabbles settled, meals prepared & consumed, etc. – and it is hopefully within reality that we find our moments of happiness and contentment.

    So my question is this – in your daily life, amidst the mundane details and routines you share with nearly 7 billion other humans – what are some of your moments of happiness and contentment? A hot cup of tea loaded down with cream and a bit of sugar is one of the most looked forward to parts of my day, even if I'm sipping it while wading through a pile of bills... it's a dose of pure pleasure. In that mug I find a moment of bliss.

    Where or when or how do you find yours?

    February 20, 2011 at 11:58 am | Reply
  53. Kate

    Dear Mr. Spacey,

    How successful do you think TriggerStreet and 24-hour Plays at the Old Vic have been in "sending the elevator back down"? Any more plans in the works for helping out relatively young creatives in the field? And are you "done" with O'Neill? I'll be there for RIII at some point.

    As always,
    Kate (Blondie)
    Syracuse, NY

    February 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Reply
  54. Joanne (New York)

    Thanks to insightful statements you have given us in the past, I feel I have some appreciation for the difference between acting in a play and acting in a film. Since you have also directed both stage and film, can you give us some observations into the differences between directing a film and directing a play? Any plans to direct again in the future? Btw…..you were amazing in “Shrink.” That performance deserved to be seen by more in theaters.

    February 20, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  55. Linda --- Northern California

    Hi Kevin, You have been lucky enough to travel to so many interesting places. What are some of the highlights of the places you have visited ?

    February 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  56. Joanne (New York)

    Please tell us more about The Kevin Spacey Foundation and how we can help.

    February 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  57. Jenny Rowlands

    How do you take your tea?


    February 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  58. Laura (Pennsylvania)

    I had the opportunity of seeing you in Atlantic City when you did your Beyond The Sea concert tour. Any chance we'll ever have a concert tour again? An album?

    February 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Reply
  59. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Kevin Spacey and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Kevin Spacey on the following questions:

    – How is the the Old Vic theatre in London going to Improve our world?

    – What can we expect from you in 2011?

    I am awaiting Kevin Spacey’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Nativity country: Suriname

    February 20, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  60. Carrie

    Got milk? Seriously, milk does the body good.

    February 20, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  61. Robin

    Is there any genre of film or type of character you've always wanted to play but haven't yet?

    February 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  62. Kim (Philadelphia)

    Roger Ebert recently tweeted his vote for you to host the Oscars in 2012. Is that something that you could see yourself doing, and would you be up to the challenge if asked to host? (I think that you would make a dashing host, if I do say so myself.)

    February 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  63. Michelle Hanson

    What is your favorite food?
    Are you planning on having children someday?


    March 1, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  64. katherine copperfield

    hi Kevin , love you name sound magical ..........Can you tell us the reason you won the academia award for American beauty and the Usual suspects ????

    March 14, 2011 at 8:41 am | Reply
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    February 11, 2013 at 2:09 am | Reply

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