Kevin Spacey Frank Underwood video: House of Cards actor releases bizarre video upon formal indictment on sexual assault being announced Christmas Eve.
Is this in the movie script? Is art following life or life following art?
Was it brilliant coincidence or just all in the meticulous timing to circumvent the latest ennui against him? These are questions fans are asking themselves after news breaking on Christmas Eve that two time Oscar winning actor, Kevin Spacey would be be arraigned on a felony sexual assault charge in Nantucket District Court on January 7- with the actor at the same time releasing a bizarre three minute video on YouTube appearing to spoof the public.
The arraignment follows Spacey being accused of indecent assault and battery connected to an alleged incident in a bar in July 2016, involving the then-18-year-old son of former Boston-area news anchor Heather Unruh. Allegedly, Spacey put his hands down the man’s pants and grabbed his genitals.
Within minutes of the formal announcement of charges, Spacey released an apparently self-made video on YouTube titled ‘Let Me Be Frank,’ in which the actor appears to try to defend himself while using the broad Southern accent recognizable as the one used by his House of Cards character Frank Underwood.
In the video, Spacey wears a Christmas apron and appears to be cooking. All the while the actor remains in character- speaking directly to the camera as Underwood often would in the series.
While Spacey may be in character- it’s clear he’s talking about the real-life Spacey.
Kevin Spacey Frank Underwood video: ‘I know what you want: You want me back.’
Begins the actor: ‘Oh sure, they may have tried to separate us, but what we have is too strong, it’s too powerful and after all, we shared everything, you and I. 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 though you knew you shouldn’t. So we’re not done, no matter what anyone says.’
Continuing, ‘And besides, I know what you want: You want me back.’
In the course of the three minute video, Spacey says that what happened to him amounted to ‘impeachment without a trial,’ and that some people ‘believed everything and have been just waiting with bated breath to hear me confess it all.’
Perhaps what adds to the intrigue is the fact that Spacey’s wink to the character of Frank Underwood comes with the knowledge that the House of Cards protagonist is an antihero.
Notes Vox: ‘He lies, cheats, and literally murders his way to the top, making his way over the course of the series from frustrated House majority whip to president. Unscrupulous to the end, Underwood is not a character anyone can trust — he never speaks the truth to anyone, except sometimes his wife Claire, if it doesn’t benefit him.’
Kevin Spacey Frank Underwood video: ‘Am I still not innocent before being proven guilty (in the public court)?’
Which is to wonder is Spacey daring the public to wonder out aloud if he is cheating them and or simply using art as a way to ridicule those who claim he willfully sexually exploited and assaulted innocent victims?
Continues Spacey: ‘They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said is true, and that I got what I deserved. Only you and I both know it’s never that simple — not in politics and not in life, all this presumption.’
‘I can promise you this,’ he continues. ‘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.’
And then there were these reactions on social media that piqued this author- see what you think?
‘The problem with this video is not that we assume you’re guilty, it’s that you’re making light of several real-life accusations against you. As if it’s all part of the drama of your show. It comes off as sociopathic and incredibly narcissistic.’
‘He’s a creep but you gotta admire his acting chops..under 5 mins and he nearly convinced me of everything he said.’
‘I get what he’s saying! He’s not convicted of anything yet! We can’t let accusations ruin lives and careers. Until a court of law finds him guilty society should do what judges do and PRESUME INNOCENCE UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.’
‘Dude is a trip fo real!!! But he is a damn good actor.’
‘Welcome back you legend!’