The House of Cards star was among the guests invited to share the stage with Joel at the Washington, D.C. event in November (14), and he used the opportunity to ask the singer/songwriter if he could take over the famous harmonica intro to open the honoree's signature song.

However, Spacey had to confess his skills on the mouth organ were amateur at best and he promised he would learn the part just for the ceremony.

Asked by Joel if he even played the harmonica, the movie star recalls to U.S. late night host Jimmy Fallon, "I said, 'Sorta, but I'll learn it. I'll learn this number for this night', and that's what I did. I drove everyone on the House of Cards set crazy for a month while I learned the harmonica part. Every moment I was off-camera I was learning the harmonica part."