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Kevin Spacey Uses Poem to Tell World: ‘The More You’re Wounded the Greater You Are, and the More Empty’

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Kevin Spacey Uses Poem to Tell World The More You’re Wounded the Greater You Are, and the More Empty

How long ago was he proven not guilty? That story spent about three minutes in these parts. Google defines “spacey” as, “out of touch with reality, as though high on drugs.”

ROME— At times, it wasn't clear if Kevin Spacey was talking about the chiseled nude bronze alongside him, the poem he was reading, or himself.

“The more you're wounded the greater you are,” he read with intent. “And the more empty you are.”

The 60-year-old Spacey was wearing a tobacco-colored suit on a painfully humid day in front of the Greek bronze “Boxer at Rest” statue at the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme—the National Roman Museum—in central Rome, where the air conditioning was broken.

He was reading Italian poet Gabriele Tinti's poem, “The Boxer,” about a tired and broken fighter who has been punched and beaten, and is left bleeding by the ringside.

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This was the first time anyone has seen Spacey perform in public since sexual misconduct charges from 2017 were dropped by a Massachusetts prosecutor, after William Little declined to testify at a pre-trial hearing after initially accusing the actor of groping him when he worked as a then 18-year-old busboy in Nantucket in 2016.

The Nantucket case was the first of more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct against Spacey to make it to trial, and this reporter would have certainly asked all about them had a promised interview with Spacey materialized, which is perhaps why it didn’t.

In Rome, Spacey did not speak about these other allegations, or the actor Anthony Rapp's 2017 allegations that Spacey tried to seduce him when he was 14, or Spacey's own subsequent, much-criticized coming out, which he did in the wake of Rapp making his accusations.

At the time, Spacey said he did not remember the alleged incident with Rapp but was “beyond horrified to hear his story.”

Last December, Spacey put out a bizarre video where he appeared to adopt the persona of Frank Underwood, his character from House of Cards. “You want me back,” he snarled at the viewer. (Radar Online has reported Spacey is planning to relaunch his acting career.)

In Rome, and just like last December, Spacey did not want to address reality, but still wanted to telegraph a very personal message. Art and metaphor would have to do.

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