Xena's Favorite Actors: Kevin Spacey

Posted by Miserable Retail Slave on May 23, 2010 at 6:10 PM
by Xena

This is a man that I regard as one of the greatest actors of our time, from the moment I saw “The Usual Suspects” I was drawn in. He is one of those actors that I will see a movie just because he is in it, regardless of how ridiculous the actual film looks. There really wasn't anything on his list of credits that I would say I hated. Looking at his filmography, this was one of the harder lists for me to compile. He really has a stunning list of works, I could have listed probably 12 movies here, but these are my personal favorites.

1. The Usual Suspects (1995) ~ “Roger 'Verbal' Kint” 
This movie is the gold standard for twist-endings. The actors, at the time, were mostly a bunch of guys who were regarded as good, but had yet to make their mark on Hollywood. This film proved to be that notch they needed to get up to the next level. “I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of him. Well I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze.” 


2. American Beauty (1999) ~ “Lester Burnham”
Fantasize about a 15 year old cheerleader on a bed of rose petals, buy pot from your crazy teenage videographer next door neighbor, blackmail your boss into a years salary and happily work at a Burger joint for the rest of your short messed up life- this was one of those roles that screamed for a man like Kevin Spacey, and of course, he was rewarded with an Oscar. “Janie, today I quit my job. And then I told my boss to go fuck himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost sixty thousand dollars. Pass the asparagus.”

3. The Men who Stare at Goats (2009) ~ “Larry Hooper”
Jealousy is a green-eyed monster, especially when it has to do with a branch of psychic warriors being prepared for battles by a crazy hippie (Jeff Bridges). Enter weird sabotage and the death of one innocent goat, and you have a movie that was so painfully wonderful it makes me want to watch it again. Right now. “Here's an Iraqi leaflet they dropped on us. American soldiers, your wives are back home having sex with Bart Simpson and Burt Reynolds. Yea, they didn't exactly do their homework there”

4. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) ~ "Jim Williams”
A southern gentleman who happens to be gay, and who also happens to have murdered his much-younger, troubled lover in the very gossipy town of Savannah Georgia. Almost makes you want to play Clue and drink a Mint Julep, doesn't it? “Yes, I am "nouveau riche," but then, it's the "riche" that counts, now isn't it?”

5. LA Confidential (1997) ~ "Jack Vincennes”
Set in the 1950's, circling around a corrupt justice system and all kinds of great Hollywood sleaze. The story follows 3 cops, all of which are so distinctly different from the next, as they try to uncover the truth behind a series of homicides. Kevin Spacey's character seems like he is just in it for the fame and celebrity, but ends up being an intricate part in the discovering of the truth. “Oh, Great. You get the girl, I get the coroner”



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Reply beerwad
10:22 AM on May 26, 2010 
i like your list. although i wasn't impressed with midnight in the garden of good and evil. here's my kevin spacey list. 1.the usual suspects 2.american beauty 4.l.a. confidential 5.the life of david gale.
Reply Xena
9:30 PM on May 28, 2010 
The life of David Gale almost made the list... it is a toss up between it and La Confidential...