Watch Kevin Spacey resurrect Frank Underwood in unsettling video
He speaks about his sexual assault allegations in character
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Kevin Spacey's Hollywood career went up in flames following sexual misconduct allegations made by more than a dozen men. Now the 'House of Cards' actor has just been hit with formal criminal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage boy in 2016, PageSix reports. His response to the news, however, holds tight to his career—and sends shivers down your spine.
The 59-year-old posted a link on Twitter to a three-minute video titled 'Let Me Be Frank,' in which he reprises his role of the presidential Frank Underwood from the hit Netflix drama 'House of Cards.' This comes long after news that the writers of the show killed off Spacey's character in the final season due to the growing number of sexual assault allegations against him.
"I know what you want," he begins in Underwood's Southern menacing drawl. "I told you my deepest darkest secrets. I showed you exactly what people are capable of. I shocked you with my honesty, but mostly I challenged you and made you think. And you trusted me, even when you knew you shouldn't. So we're not done, no matter what anyone says."
He appears to be in his kitchen, with a title caption that looks like it was made on iMovie, and he seems to have mistaken the allegations of sexual assault, and his coming out as gay, as a profound human experience that was a gift to his audience.
“I know what you want," he repeats, "You want me back. Of course, some believed everything and have just been waiting with bated breath to hear me confess it all. They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said is true and I got what I deserved … But you wouldn’t believe the worst without evidence, would you? You wouldn’t rush to judgments without facts, would you? Did you?"
Spacey undercuts the entire movement of #MeToo, which depends upon believing people when they come forward about experiences of sexual misconduct, since the existing unbalanced power structure of society has made it so difficult to do.
He continues to talk about the "unsatisfying ending" he's received, making sweeping statements about life and art. But he adds, "If I didn't pay the price for the things we both know I did do, I'm certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn't do."
He ends the video saying that despite all of the headlines and his unceremonious end on the show, he still feels good. He also adds a moment of signature Underwood drama when he remarks that no one has actually seen his character die. "Conclusions can be so deceiving... miss me?"
Lest we forget that this character that Spacey is resurrecting is a cold-blooded, deceitful murderer who will do absolutely anything, and cross any line, to get what he wants. He's not exactly the kind of person that Spacey should be trying to emulate if he wants his career back.
His last tweet before this video was more than a year ago, in October 2017, when he addressed the accusations against him made by actor Anthony Rapp. “I honestly do not remember the encounter ... But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior, and I am sorry for the feelings he describes having carried with him all these years."
Though in the video Spacey glorifies his tendency to not play by the rules, there seems to be no way for him to avoid the judicial rules that require him to be arraigned in Nantucket District Court on January 7, 2019.
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