A BUG'S LIFE
KEVIN SPACEY (Hopper) provides the voice of this menacing
and manipulative grasshopper villain, whose tough exterior conceals
an even tougher interior and a superior intellect.
"I've loved animation ever since I was a kid," says
the actor. "And since the medium has sort of exploded over
the past ten years, I've wanted to do an animated voice. It was
great to finally be asked to do one."
"'A Bug's Life' is such a wonderful story," continues
Spacey. "John Lasseter is a marvelous director. He's like
a kid, he gets so excited. He's a very great man to work with
and we had a heck of a time. It's a little tough on your voice
but when you see it all put together, it looks so effortless and
you forget all the work that went into it.
Spacey recently starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson in "The
Negotiator" and, last year, won acclaim for his role as Detective
Jack Vicennes in the award-winning "L.A. Confidential."
In 1995, he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
for his work in "The Usual Suspects," directed by Bryan
His other film credits include "Midnight in the Garden of
Good and Evil," "A Time to Kill," "Looking
for Richard," "Seven," "Swimming With Sharks,"
"Outbreak," "Iron Will," "The Ref,"
"Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Consenting Adults."
Spacey launched his extensive New York Stage career with a role
as a messenger in Joseph Papp's Central Park production of "Henry
IV, Part I" and, a year later, starred opposite Liv Ullman
in Ibsen's "Ghosts." His breakthrough performance came
as Jamie Tyrone opposite Jack Lemmon in Jonathan Miller's 1986
Broadway/London production of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's
Journey Into Night." He won the 1991 Tony Award for his
performance as Uncle Louie in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers"
with Irene Worth and appeared in "Playland" at the Manhattan
Theatre Club, directed by its author, Athol Fugard.
Television audiences are familiar with his work as Mel Profitt
on the CBS series "Wiseguy" and for his performance
as Clarence Darrow in the American Playhouse production of "Darrow,"
directed by John Coles.
In addition to his acting career, Spacey made his directorial
debut in 1997 with the film "Albino Alligator," starring
Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway and Gary Sinise.
His next film to be released is "Hurlyburly" opposite
Sean Penn, Chazz Palminteri, Robin Wright Penn, Meg Ryan and Anna
Spacey is currently shooting the Irish gangster film "Ordinary
Decent Criminal" for director Thaddeus O'Sullivan, a co-production
between Icon Films and his own production company, Trigger Street.
In the spring he will return to the New York stage in director
Howard Davies' acclaimed production of Eugene O'Neill's "The
Iceman Cometh," which originated at the Almeida Theatre in
London before moving to the Old Vic. The Broadway production
will be produced by Trigger Street and Emanuel Azenberg.
Kevin is about to begin shooting "American Beauty"
opposite Annette Benning for director Sam Mendes.
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