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26-07-00 news
Spacey's wish is to work with O'Toole...

Hollywood star Kevin Spacey told of his dream job yesterday which is to appear on stage alongside the Irish born theatre giant Peter O'Toole, star of Laurence of Arabia. However the British media claimed the actor was english and not Irish. So for the record the star was born on the 2nd of August in 1932 in Connamara, Ireland. He later moved to Leeds in England.

Anyway, Spacey the two-times Oscar winner said he was lined up for a series of major new film roles, including the lead in a musical based on the life of his hero, early pop star Bobby Darin, whose songs included Mack the Knife. But he would love to team up again with American Beauty director Sam Mendes for a stage comedy, or appear in a play with legendary thespian O'Toole.

Spacey was speaking to the press at the London launch of Old Vic Productions, a new share-based company which aims to raise more than £1 million to plough into new theatre ventures. "I'd love to do a comedy with Sam Mendes directing it," he said. "I'd also love to work with Peter O'Toole. I hear he's very naughty on stage, so I might giggle a lot.''

The actor said he was currently committed to a string of films, starting with K-Pax, in which he plays a mental patient who may come from another planet.

Spacey, who disclosed he was investing more than £100,000 himself in the new Old Vic company, for which he works as a consultant, said one of his ideas for boosting theatre attendance was to introduce film shows. He said that the challenge was for a theatre like the Old Vic not just to "rest on its tradition," but to build a future with new works and updated versions of existing plays.

Spacey also added his voice to Mendes's recent criticism of the trend for big name Hollywood stars to be cast in British stage productions. "There's a difference, I would say, between celebrity casting and casting actors who are great in the roles," he said.

The American Beauty star said he was first introduced to the Old Vic as a child, and had become so passionate about it he still had all the original programmes from that time. His interest in rejuvenating it had been reignited when he appeared there in the critically-acclaimed recent production of The Ice Man Cometh. "It continues to be the favourite theatre I've probably ever played in," he said.

Old Vic Productions, whose chairman is Lord Attenborough, is offering a stake in its running to anyone who invests a minimum of £2,000 in its future.

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