This Day in Spacey History brings us some blurbs from The Halifax Herald regarding The Shipping News - in town to film a scene at The Herald Building where Quoyle is dozing off in the inky press room:
[In between takes, Mr. Spacey, 41, clowned around, tried to smear black chalk on a makeup artist and danced a little jig to the rhythm of the presses.]
[In a scene shot Monday afternoon in a staff lunchroom, Mr. Spacey had to chomp into a cheeseburger during numerous takes.
He related a tale of his first film dinner scene, which took four days to shoot. “You learn very quickly in film” not to eat a lot during takes, he said.
Asked if he had put on weight to play Quoyle, who is described as fleshy in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel being adapted into film, Mr. Spacey said not really.
“If I’d really wanted to, I’d have had to start eating at the Economy Shoe Shop a lot earlier,” he said with a smile.]
We also learned that Kevin took scuba lessons:
[He also mentioned that he is taking scuba diving lessons for dream sequences in the movie and plans to get certified as a diver.]