“There was a time when my parents actually had plastic on the fucking furniture. Have you ever seen that before? I would have huge arguments with my dad, asking him why. He’d say it was to keep the sofa clean, but I’d always want to know why he couldn’t clean it after someone has sat on it. I was like, ‘How can we ask anyone over and ask them to sit on plastic?” 

8

Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst… And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life… You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry…you will someday.

American Beauty, 1999.

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Happy 56th Birthday, Kevin Spacey (July 26th, 1959)

“Kevin’s skill as an actor and Kevin’s skill as a performer are two different things. There’s the dramatizing of a text and then there’s the seduction of an audience. His skill set in both of those things is unparalleled.” – David Fincher

“Kevin can plow through scripts, plow through plays, do conference calls, do everything he’s doing at The Old Vic, do everything I need him to do, and then he’ll do a three-hour play, go to a fund-raiser afterward, meet somebody for drinks, walk his dog and go to bed—and wake up, walk his dog, go jogging, read three scripts. It’s like, ‘How the hell do you do this?’” – Dana Brunetti

“He’s very smart, very bright, very nice, very funny. He’s got a great sense of humour. He’s very good at wheeling and dealing: he’s not just your average actor, he has the mind of a producer-director. He’s quite dynamic.” – Brian Cox

“I couldn’t take my eyes off of him. When he’s on set, he’s the most charming, the most amusing, the most attractive person.” – Alexander Sokovikov

“I was so young when I worked on that film and they took me in, especially Kevin Spacey – he really taught me a lot and was very protective of me on set. It was a great experience.” – Mena Suvari

“That scene was hard (Frank performs oral sex on Zoe) but if I had to do it with anyone but Kevin, it would’ve been a lot harder. I felt so protected by him. He’s really sensitive and thoughtful in those weird circumstances.” – Kate Mara

“We goof off like kids and get into riffs that no one else understands. We’re cracking up to the point where the crew has to wait. I’m sure it’s very annoying. We call each other Mr. and Mrs. Schnookems.” – Robin Wright