Disgraced actor Kevin Spacey shared a 3rd annual Christmas Eve video Thursday that left many questioning whether or not he knew the best way to learn the room.
“What would Christmas Eve be and not using a message from me?” he mentioned, kicking off the video within the Southern accent of his former “Home of Playing cards” character, Frank Underwood, as he additionally did in weird vacation movies in 2019 and 2018.
“Pay attention, lots of people have reached out to me this previous 12 months and have shared their very own struggles. And my capability to be there for them has actually solely been doable due to my very own difficulties,” he mentioned, alluding to prior sexual assault allegations leveled in opposition to the Oscar-winning actor. Spacey is currently facing a lawsuit from “Star Trek: Discovery” actor Anthony Rapp, 49, and one other man, recognized as C.D., who accused him of constructing sexual advances towards them in separate incidents once they had been every underage. Rapp said he was 14 when his incident occurred.
Spacey — who in Might said he has “empathy” for individuals who have misplaced jobs through the coronavirus pandemic — went on to lament not with the ability to assist individuals who could be scuffling with ideas of suicide throughout a tumultuous 2020.
“Whereas it’s been a privilege to supply help, I’ve to say, frankly, it’s additionally been past my skills and it’s larger than me,” the grim-faced actor mentioned. “As a result of, heartbreakingly, so many have talked about issues having gotten so dangerous for them that they contemplated taking their very own lives. And that’s sufficient for me to wish to take a completely completely different method this 12 months, to acknowledge their ache.
“To anybody on the market who’s struggling — or considering that concept — please, please don’t take that step,” he continued. “When you’re standing in a spot you can not stay standing. When you’re struggling, in the event you need assistance. When you really feel guilt or disgrace. When you’re struggling along with your identification. In case your again’s up in opposition to the wall. Or in the event you really feel that there is no such thing as a path for you, no matter your scenario, I promise you, there’s a path.”
Spacey then gallantly added, “You aren’t alone,” and used the video to advertise suicide and substance abuse hotlines. “So I simply wish to want everybody a Merry Christmas, an ideal 2021, and say to all these on the market who could be struggling: It will get higher. It does get higher,” he continued, seemingly co-opting the name of an LGBTQ support group based by activist and journalist Dan Savage and his husband, Terry Miller.
Whereas he had some supporters — “Maintain your chin up, brother! You might be missed,” offered one — a lot of the Twitter suggestions was unfavorable.
“Which considered one of your teen intercourse slaves instructed you this was a good suggestion,” one commenter alleged, whereas another asked, “Is that this your manner of attempting to win individuals over?” Another person suggested, “Perhaps you must sit this, and each, day OUT. #YouveDoneEnoughDamage Simply sayin’.” One poster confronted Spacey with “actually no one is asking you to do that,” whereas one other was extra direct, writing, “PLEASE F–KING STOP.”
In 2019, Spacey — whose motion pictures embrace 2007’s “Fred Claus,” 1999’s “American Magnificence” and 1995’s “The Ordinary Suspects” — additionally resurfaced in Italy to give a poetry reading a couple of boxer. “The extra you might be wounded, the larger you might be and the extra empty you might be,” Spacey shared from a poem by Gabriele Tinti.