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Kevin Spacy (26.07.59) was born in South Orange, NJ, the youngest of three children. The family moved to the West coast when he was very young, so he was raised in Los Angeles. His dad worked as a technical writer at Lockheed, writing manuals for aircraft, while his mother worked as a secretary.
This movie is based on a real meeting between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon in the White House in December 1970. The only details about this collision of two icons come from a few eyewitness accounts, as well as the photograph they took together. So the screenwriters have some fun with it, weaving in quite a bit of comedy that encourages actors to chomp merrily on the scenery. It's entertaining to watch, but the script misses the chance to add meaning on the situation.
Elvis (Michael Shannon) is the one who initiates this meeting, concerned about the growing protests on the streets of Washington, DC. So he flies to Los Angeles to collect his long-time friend Jerry (Alex Pettyfer) then heads to the capital to meet with his nutty colleague Sonny (Johnny Knoxville) and pitch himself to President Nixon (Kevin Spacey) as an undercover FBI agent who can infiltrate the nation's youth. Since it's obvious that all Elvis wants is a federal ID badge, Nixon brushes the whole idea of a meeting aside until his advisors (Colin Hanks and Evan Peters) convince him that it would be a great PR move. So just before Christmas, the two men finally meet up, and they discover that they have more in common than either expected.
Because of the absurdity of the set-up and the wackiness of the period styles, the movie feels rather a lot like an extended sketch comedy that's largely improvised by an up-for-it cast. These two men are both such big personalities that a meeting like this would be hard to believe if it weren't for the photographic evidence. The conversation between Presley and Nixon is surreal and hilariously random (and largely fictionalised). Shannon and Spacey are having a great time prowling around each other, pouncing with a punchline at every opportunity, so watching them is riveting. Mercifully, they underplay the impersonations, capturing the men with tiny details of movement and vocal inflection rather than relying on lots of make-up. Although Shannon does have that hair and costume.
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Real life Claire Underwood, or what?
So many female celebrities are speaking out against the gender pay gap in Hollywood, but how many of them are trying to make damn sure they don't become a victim of such sexism? 'House Of Cards' star Robin Wright put her foot down when it came to negotiating her pay to match co-star Kevin Spacey.
Robin Wright fought for her right to equal pay
How did she do it? Well, you might be interested to know that no disputes were involved, no lawsuit and no blackmail... well, almost no blackmail. In an interview with the Rockefeller Foundation, Wright revealed how she responded when she learned that Spacey was earning $500,000 per episode compared to her admittedly not-so-measly $420,000.
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It may seem like a bizarre fantasy, but Elvis & Nixon is based on a true event in 1970, when Elvis Presley visited Richard Nixon in the White House.
Inspired by an iconic photograph of Nixon shaking Presley's hand and appointing him as an honorary federal drug-enforcement agent, the screenwriter spun the meeting into a full-on screwball comedy. Kevin Spacey plays Nixon in the film, and notes that "while this was such a famous meeting, it wasn't recorded. So in a way it allowed us, and certainly the screenwriter, to be able to imagine what a lot of this conversation was. First-hand witnesses were helpful in terms of snippets, but I think it was expanded. And that's sort of the fun of it, that we could imagine it."
Michael Shannon plays Presley in the movie, and Spacey says that both actors decided not to do impersonations on-screen. "These are two figures who, obviously, people know," Spacey says. "There's so much public stuff but not that much private stuff, so we tried to find an essence of each of these figures and then allow them to respond to each other genuinely. I think what was most interesting was the fact that these two people you wouldn't think would have anything in common actually, at the end of this meeting, had sort of an appreciation for each other."
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Spacey, who plays Frank Underwood in the thrilling Netflix political drama, reckons real American politics is a lot crazier.
Kevin Spacey, the star of the hit political drama ‘House of Cards’, has said that the show “doesn’t go far enough” in reflecting the real nature of American politics and the presidential race for the White House.
The 56 year old plays the scheming, ambitious Frank Underwood in the thrilling show, which released its fourth season to Netflix at the beginning of March. Speaking at a presentation in Paris of the streaming service’s forthcoming shows this week, he reckons that the truth of American politics is scarier than as its portrayed on ‘House of Cards’ – but not by much.
Kevin Spacey at the SAG Awards in January 2016
His wife is on the warpath now.
It looks like the forthcoming fourth season of 'House Of Cards' is set to be just as intense and thrilling as the last three seasons. Now that Frank Underwood is President, he should be feeling jubilant - but his merciless soon-to-be-ex wife isn't going to let that happen.
Kevin Spacey returns in 'House Of Cards' season 4
As usual, there's corruption and conspiracies littered with murders, sex scandals, prison and fraud over in Washington, D.C.. The first trailer for the immensely popular political drama 'House of Cards' shows First Lady Claire Underwood clearly bitter about her husband Frank, and not remotely miserable about the end of her marriage having announced her decision to leave him at the end of season 3. In fact, she appears to be doing everything within her power to make Frank's term as President of the United States as difficult as possible. 'We had a future until you started destroying it', he says to her.
The hidden talents of the stars.
It's always awesome to discover the untapped hidden talents of celebrities; talents not necessarily used to a great extent in their everyday work. Some stars - whether they're singers or actors - possess the extremely impressive knack of nailing impressions of their peers, even the ones you least expect.
Welcome to the fold, Chris
In no particular order, we've compiled a list of our favourite impressions from celebrities not necessarily famous for that talent, i.e. they're not comedians or anything, just professional pop and movie stars.
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Carol Burnett , Kevin Spacey - 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall - Press Room at Shrine Auditorium, Screen Actors Guild - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 30th January 2016
Creator Beau Willimon has announced his departure from the Netflix series, which began in 2013.
‘House of Cards’ has been renewed by Netflix for a fifth season, but the show will be undergoing a major change. Series creator Beau Willimon has announced he will be departing after the fourth series, which begins on the streaming service in March.
In a statement to Entertainment Weekly Willimon thanked his team, including “our two incandescent stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. After five years and four seasons, it’s time for me to move on to new endeavors,” he added.
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Tom Brand has always been a workaholic and his company is in the fanal stages of one of their biggest projects to date. As with a lot of people who have high flying careers, Tom's family have taken somewhat of a backseat in his life. Particularly his wife Lara and 10 year old daughter Rebecca.
Living in a luxury city apartment, Tom isn't often found with his family but as it's Rebecca's birthday, he knows that he can't miss it. With no gift to give his daughter and knowing that he's spent such little time with her recently, Tom decides to stop off and get her a gift that's sure to make her happy - something she's asked for for years. A cat.
The store where Tom picks up the cat (called Mr. Fuzzypants) is run by an eccentric man called Felix Perkins and as soon as Mr Perkins and the newest member of the Brand family become part of Tom's life, odd things start to happen. Soon Tom's life is turned upside down and he's experiencing family life in a way that he - nor anyone else - has ever experienced before.
Who would've thought that Elvis and Richard Nixon would become allies? When Elvis sporadically showed up at The White House, it was completely unexpected. He was the biggest pop star in the world and there he was, at the gates of The White House unannounced.
Under the advice of one of his top aides, Nixon is a talked into meeting with The King Of Pop. Nixon needed a boost in popularity and for him to be seen as becoming friends with America's most loved star would be a perfect photo op for The President.
Elvis is accepted and taken into the building; him and his security sidekicks are searched and relieved of their firearms. Whilst speaking with Egil Krogh, Elvis is run through a few of the certain White House protocols that one must follow on meeting the president, protocols Elvis is quick to cast aside. The reason behind this meeting was kept entirely secret, but now we'll learn about Elvis' aspirations to take on a new mission unlike anything he's ever done before.
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From 'House Of Cards' to 'Elvis & Nixon'...
It looks like Kevin Spacey has really found his oeuvre. Not only is a playing a presidential candidate in 'House Of Cards' (which, by the way, returns to Netflix with season four in March), but now he's appearing as Richard Nixon in the forthcoming historical comedy 'Elvis & Nixon'.
Kevin Spacey is president again
It's almost like a full circle for Spacey; one of his first ever TV roles was as a US senator in a 1987 episode of 'Crime Story', and then 'House Of Cards' hit Netflix in 2013, earning him a Golden Globe Award as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Date of birth
26th July, 1959
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