Tabloids Dog Spacey at Old Vic Event???
Date: 22 April 2004
Kevin Spacey started today’s press conference, to announce his inaugural season at the Old Vic, in an apparently jovial mood, noting with more than a smidge of sarcasm that “one or two” in the “packed house” of journalists were apparently not from the arts pages. Could it mean that the tabloids were finally giving theatre its due, he asked. Perhaps not. The star quipped on: “I would like to put to rest rumours that David Beckham offered to donate £100,000 to the Old Vic if I could get him off the front pages for a few days.” Despite pleas from Spacey and his producer David Liddiment for the press to address the Old Vic rather than Spacey’s well publicised dog-walk in the park last weekend (See The Goss, 19 Apr 2004), the first questioner from the floor brazenly brought up the latter. After that and other throw-away jibes concerning the breed and state of Spacey’s dog (which, he replied, was “backstage and ready to attack”), the jollity was wearing thin. And, when the final question allowed raised the matter again, things seemed to end on a decidedly sour note.
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