Kevin Spacey just delivered everyone a big lump of coal in their Yuletide stocking.
On Tuesday, the disgraced actor dropped yet another bizarre video message timed to Christmas Eve. In a one-minute clip posted to YouTube, Spacey urges viewers to “kill them with kindness” as he sits by a fireplace wearing a red and white sweater.
“You didn’t really think I was going to miss the opportunity to wish you a merry Christmas, did you?” he asks. “It’s been a pretty good year, and I’m grateful to have my health back. In light of that, I’ve made some changes in my life and I’d like to invite you to join me. As we walk into 2020, I want to cast my vote for more good in this world.”
“Ah, yes, I know what you’re thinking: Can he be serious?” Spacey adds. “I’m dead serious. And it’s not that hard — trust me.”
Of the many confusing aspects of the video is his decision to address the viewer in the same Southern drawl he employed as Frank Underwood on House of Cards. Thus, it is difficult to know whether Spacey — who has faced a dozen allegations of sexual assault since Anthony Rapp came forward to say Spacey attempted to coerce him into sex when he was just 14 — is speaking as Underwood or as himself.
The same was true in a video Spacey released exactly one year ago, in which he appeared to dismiss the numerous allegations with a Foghorn Leghorn twang. However, the title of that message seemed to answer the question: “Let Me Be Frank.”
It only gets weirder from there. While the message — on its face — is about spreading holiday cheer and good will in the new year, the video could also be interpreted as a call for his accusers to stay silent. Spacey urges those who have been mistreated or abused to simply turn the other cheek instead of fighting back.
“The next time someone does something you don’t like, you can go on the attack, but you can also hold your fire and do the unexpected,” he says. “You can kill them with kindness.”
No matter the video’s intent, it sadly doesn’t matter. After a lawsuit against Spacey was dismissed because the plaintiff — a massage therapist who said the actor attempted to force himself on him — mysteriously died from unknown causes, there are no open criminal or civil cases against him. All have been dismissed or dropped due to lack of evidence.
The clean slate doesn’t mean Spacey will be welcomed back into Hollywood with open arms, though. After the allegations broke, he was replaced by Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World, and his only film released after the controversy, Billionaire Boys Club, bombed.
Spacey has one completed project listed on his IMDb page — Gore, a completed biopic of bisexual writer Gore Vidal — but it does not have a release date.
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