Kevin Spacey, 63, has spoken publicly for the first time in more than five years. On Monday, he received an oeuvre award at the Italian National Film Museum in Turin.
In his acknowledgments he paid particular attention to his manager but also thanked the museum for having “le palle” (Italian for the balls) to invite him.
“Taking on any challenge with him is worth it”
Kevin said he was “honored” to have had the opportunity to work with “so many special people” throughout his career. He therefore thought the presentation was the ‘perfect opportunity to say: ‘thank you!’. You not only honor me, but all of them.”
The actor also had warm words for his friends, in particular his manager Evan Lowenstein. “Because when you have a best friend like me in Evan Lowenstein who is here tonight, life can be pretty special. Taking on any challenge with him is worth it. Evan has given me so much advice, counsel and perspective. On professionally, but more importantly because of our friendship.”
Kevin ended his speech by thanking the museum “for giving me an evening I will never forget.” The actor’s career came to a virtual standstill in 2017 when he was accused of sexual misconduct. More accusations followed. The Oscar winner lost his role in the Netflix hit House of Cards, among other things. Spacey has always denied sexually assaulting people.
Kevin was already in Turin last year for the recording of The Man Who Drew God . The film will be released in Italy next month.
Kevin Spacey Praises His Manager at Italy’s Museum of Cinema in First Speaking Engagement Since Being Charged for Sexual Assault https://t.co/phaJMulEYj
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