Kevin Spacey on his role in Nine Lives, meow-crawling and sleeping in alleys.
While American actor, producer, singer and comedian Kevin Spaceya��s new bromanceA�with rapper Drake has drawn attention, we catch up with the House of Cards actor as he gets back on the big screen with Nine Lives. The Oscar-winner plays workaholic billionaire Tom Brand who, thanks to a freak accident, gets trapped in a felinea��s body and has one week to make amends with his family or risk staying forever as Mr Fuzzypants, the cat.A�Here, the 57-year-old is delightfully funny as he talks about playing a comic character and his co-stars.
Your take on doing a comic role.
People often think of me in a darker, more evil kind of part. But ita��s a great joy for me to be able to come to work every day and do something thata��s really funny, really fast and very clever.
How important is this role for you?
Sure, I could probably have cut a sweeter deal if Ia��d been willing to play a little hardball, but I couldna��t risk losing the role. I wasna��t going to let Bill Murray or Eric Roberts steal another talking cat gig out from under me!
What did you work on for your role as Mr Fuzzypants?
I worked on meow-crawling around the streets of New York and Toronto. I would see what meows would get under peoplea��s skin.
How was it working withA�Sonnenfeld?
Barry Sonnenfeld has done some of the great films of all time, no doubt about it. So when he came on to this project, I was enormously excited.
Did you share a good rapport with Christopher Walken and Jennifer Garner?
Walken didna��t bother to learn any of his lines. He said he left his script at a 24-hour TGIA�Fridaya��s. But Garner, she was a real pro. I could throw anything at hera��nuzzle her leg, climb on to her shoulder, bat her lunch tray off the table. Shea��d never blow a take.
How do you choose and prepare for roles?
With every job, you should have something to lose, something to gain, and something to learn. Ita��s a bit like sports; ita��s a different game every time you get on the court.
Any challenges while shooting
for Nine Lives?
The hardest part, I think, was sleeping in the alley behind the studio. Lotta stray cats in heat this time of year.
Is there a possibility of Nine Lives 2?
Leta��s get Nine Lives 2 into production. We can call it Eight Lives.
Nine Lives hits theatres today
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