Anyone who works in an office knows that cubicle life is rough. And anyone who has worked in Hollywood knows it is a dog-eat-dog world, where one dog gets all the credit and the other dog just gets eaten. When the two worlds collide, you get “Swimming with Sharks”, which just happens to air at 6 p.m. ET tonight. The film follows Guy (Frank Whaley), a recent film-school graduate with big ideas, who takes a job as assistant to major studio executive Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey). At first Guy thinks his ship has finally come in; little does he know it’s a Viking slave ship, for his boss is way worse than any Viking slave driver. Spacey does a phenomenal job as the fiendish, greedy boss, so we got to thinking about some of our favorite roles by Mr. Spacey.
In no particular order, here are Five Kevin Spacey Roles We Love:
1. Buddy Ackerman in “Swimming with Sharks” The film is a fun parable about Hollywood values, but the real reason to watch the film is Spacey’s performance. He manages to be terrifying, hateful, and hilarious all at the same time. and he makes Buddy Ackerman a character the audience won’t soon forget.
2. Roger “Verbal” Kint in “The Usual Suspects” A police detective is on the hunt for the criminal behind a gruesome and lucrative crime. He just has to get through Spacey’s impressively verbose monologue first.
3. Lester Burnham in “American Beauty” Spacey plays a depressed suburban dad who becomes obsessed with his teenage daughter’s best friend. Creepy, yet strangely understandable.
4. Hopper in “A Bug’s Life” Parents of toddlers know what we mean when we say this was one of Spacey’s most endearing roles.
5. Bobby Darin in “Beyond the Sea” Spacey starred as singer Bobby Darin in this film and used his own singing voice for the musical numbers. But he also co-wrote, directed, and co-produced the film. His performance reveals what a labor of love this film is for him.
Which is your favorite role by Kevin Spacey? Tell us in the comments.
“Swimming with Sharks” airs on IFC today at 6:00 PM ET; Saturday, May. 14 at 1:10 PM ET; Sunday, May. 15 at 4:00 AM ET; Wednesday, May. 25 at 6:00 PM ET; and Thursday, May. 26 at 11:00 AM ET