Kevin Spacey's Comeback Attempt: From Hollywood Blockbusters to Low-Budget Films

His agent in Hollywood and his publicist dropped him, as did the producers of the hit Netflix series House of Cards, in which he had one of the main roles, but there are still independent films

by Sededin Dedovic
Kevin Spacey's Comeback Attempt: From Hollywood Blockbusters to Low-Budget Films
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Francis Scott Fitzgerald once lamented, "There is no second act in American lives." Kevin Spacey, the two-time Oscar-winning actor, wants to prove him wrong. After facing numerous allegations that derailed his career, Spacey is trying to get back on the silver screen.

His return was not easy. Hollywood agencies and publicists dropped him like a potato. Netflix, the platform responsible for his global reach in recent years through "House of Cards," has cut ties, leaving the Gore Vidal biopic in limbo.

A subsequent attempt to overturn an arbitration award against him for harassing crew members further tarnished his reputation.

Ridley Scott and Sony Pictures studio

Perhaps the most dramatic twist came with Ridley Scott's All the Money in the World.

Spacey had already filmed his role when the allegations surfaced. The filmmakers, faced with immense pressure, made the unprecedented decision to replace him with Christopher Plummer and digitally erase Spacey from the film.

Despite the setbacks, Spacey has consistently maintained his innocence. He appears to have been emboldened by his recent acquittal in several cases and the dropping of other charges for lack of evidence. Now he is determined to reclaim his place in the industry.

Making low-budget films

However, his comeback efforts are not focused on Hollywood blockbusters or Marvel franchises. Instead, Spacey turned to low-budget independent films, playing obscure roles in productions with limited reach.

In 2022, he appeared in the Italian drama The Man Who Designed God, which did not have international distribution and required dubbing of his dialogue. Next month, Spacey's voice will lend an air of menace to the low-budget British thriller "Control," where he plays the role of a GPS system.

He may also appear in the British action comedy "Peter Five Eight" next year. He will get roles as long as there are independent film directors and producers who believe that the label "two-time Oscar winner" could be the impulse to buy tickets at the cinema or for some old "House of Cards" fan to click on the streaming platform. He'll get roles - just don't say it's some sort of Kevin Spacey "comeback."