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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 October 2006, 05:04 GMT 06:04 UK
Breakfast with Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey and co-star Eve Best
Kevin and Eve in Moon for the Misbegotten
Plenty of serious Hollywood actors choose to hone their acting skills in live theatre. Some of them cross the Atlantic to do so - but not many actually end up running the theatre.

That's what Hollywood A-lister Kevin Spacey has been doing for the past three years.

The star of American Beauty, The Shipping News and K-Pax has been running the Old Vic Theatre - one of London's most illustrious venues.

Reviews have been mixed - but the Old Vic's latest production - Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten - is a winner.

Starring Spacey himself, it's collected a string of superlatives from a notoriously difficult audience.

This morning on Breakfast, we talked to Kevin Spacey and his co-star Eve Best.

"Eugene O'Neill wrote the play as an act of redemption for his own brother. This is the same character as in Long Day's Journey into night - Jimmy Tyrone." Kevin explained.

"He always felt he hadn't been quite fair to his brother in that. This is a way of trying to understand him."

The production has been very well received by the critics - but Kevin says he doesn't read reviews until after the run of a show.

His co-star, Eve, is even more superstitious: as we found out when we ran a clip of the show, she doesn't like watching her own performances at all.

BBC Breakfast


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