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ACTOR KEVIN SPACEY TELLS “CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD” THAT HE WENT THROUGH A PERIOD OF BEING A “JERK”
SPACEY TELLS ANTHONY MASON: “I BECAME A BIT OF A JERK – A KIND OF A NASTY JERK”
Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey says he went through a period of being a jerk during his career as a way to cover up his inadequacies, he tells Anthony Mason in an interview for CBS SUNDAY MORNING WITH CHARLES OSGOOD to be broadcast May 4, 2014 (9:00 AM, ET) on the CBS Television Network.
Spacey says he was ambitious, but also went through a period that he’s dubbed the “Attitudinals.”
“I became a bit of a jerk. A kind of a nasty jerk,” Spacey tells Mason.
“I was, clearly, not good enough,” he says explaining the period. “And not willing to face that I wasn’t good enough to play in the leagues I wanted to play in. The level of my arrogance did not match the level of my talent.”
He tells Mason he snapped out of that mindset after a number of people confronted him about his behavior.
Mason talks with Spacey about his work on the Washington, D.C.-based series “House of Cards,” and how long it could last, his time running London’s Old Vic Theatre and his new film documenting his stage run as Richard III.
Known for playing complicated characters, Spacey tells Mason he loves comedy. In fact, he started out as a stand-up comic.
“I love doing impressions,” Spacey tells Mason. “When I was young, I learned very early on that I could make my mother laugh. And that was one of the greatest sounds I ever heard.”
Mason also traveled to Spacey’s California high school, where the actor spoke with students and staff.
Spacey discussed a moment when he was a teenager attending an acting workshop when Jack Lemmon put a hand on his shoulder. “‘That was a touch of terrific. You know, you’re a born actor,’” Spacey recalls Lemmon saying. Lemmon would later become a mentor.
It was “life-changing,” Spacey says. “And when I do workshops now with kids, I see myself. I was that person.”
CBS SUNDAY MORNING is broadcast Sundays (9:00-10:30 AM ET) on the CBS Television Network. Rand Morrison is the executive producer.