Kevin Spacey could have spent all summer in court, but his most recent sexual misconduct case was dismissed last month. Kevin’s big public return to society happened in Italy at the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme of the Museo Nazionale Romano on Friday.
Kevin was asked by Italian poet Gabriele Tinti to read a poem he wrote titled The Boxer, inspired by the bronze sculpture Boxer at Rest (seen above). That statue totally looks like he’s asking the museum curator: “Why me? If he needed a prop to help illustrate his performance, couldn’t he have performed next to a trash can?”
As for the material, the poem included such subtle lines about being used for entertainment, and that his life was over in a moment. Sounds like Jeremy Piven has a new favorite poem. Kevin later performed the poem a second time outside the museum for an audience of about 150.
Gabriel is clearly a huge fan.
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Gabriel explained in a statement that he chose Kevin Spacey to perform the poem because Kevin is “the best actor in the world.” He’s not wrong. After all, Kevin is doing a great job of acting like he’s not at all worried that several country’s police departments are investigating him for multiple misconduct allegations. via The Hollywood Reporter:
“I chose Kevin Spacey because he is the best actor in the world. He immediately appreciated the courage and special nature of my proposal. The idea of giving voice to an ancient statuary, or giving new life to the finds, the fragments, that which remains of our past, struck a note with his sensitivity and deep love of art.
His generosity and willingness to ensure that the reading took place made all the rest easy. He contributed a greater intensity of participation than I expected, proof of the great artist he is. Indeed, there is no doubt that he is one of the greatest actors alive. It was an honor for me that he agreed to read my lines; having managed to entrust them precisely to him and thus be able to hear them resound in his voice was a real privilege.”
Of course he immediately appreciated the request! Kevin loves attention, and he’s extra-delusional, so a poem performance in which he gets to act like a victim is the perfect acting comeback. But I can’t be totally negative here. Gabriel did the world a favor by choosing to be inspired by a statue from 300 BCE. After all, that performance would have been 200% more awkward if Kevin was standing next to a 25-year-old statue.