Kevin Spacey briefly returned to his House of Cards role of “Frank Underwood” in a video posted to his YouTube channel that has lots of folks scratching their heads.
The actor, who was fired from the hit Netflix series amid several allegations of sexual impropriety, speaks to the camera in the same style utilized by ‘Frank’ with language that could apply both to his character’s sudden death and his own personal legal challenges.
According to The Boston Globe, Spacey is scheduled to be arraigned on January 7 in Nantucket regarding a criminal complaint of indecent assault and battery that allegedly happened in July 2016.
A link to the video was tweeted out by Spacey (his first tweet in a year) minutes after the Globe’s story was published.
In the video, titled “Let Me Be Frank,” the 59-year-old begins by staring at the viewer saying, “Oh, I know what you want.”
“Oh sure, they may have tried to separate us, but what we have is too strong, too powerful,” he continues.
Is he talking about himself and the audience? Or himself and ‘Frank?’
Referencing his “deepest, darkest secrets,” the Academy Award winner says, “I showed you exactly what people are capable of.”
He also says he knows what his audience wants – “You want me back.”
He then takes a turn, sharing, “Of course, some believed everything and they’ve been waiting with bated breath to hear me confess it all.”
“They’re just dying to have me declare that everything said was ‘true’ and that I got what I deserved,” Spacey laments without directly mentioning the real-world allegations. “Wouldn’t that be easy, if it were all so simple?”
“You wouldn’t believe the worst without evidence, would you?”
“You wouldn’t rush to judgements without facts, would you?”
“Despite all the poppycock, the animosity, the headlines, the impeachment without a trial, despite everything, despite even my own death, I feel surprisingly good,” Spacey says referencing Frank’s death. “And my confidence grows each day that soon enough you will know the full truth.”
Clearly, Spacey is attempting to offer his own House of Cards finale, but there’s a wink of the eye in his choice of words and timing of the video.
Interestingly, most commenters on the YouTube page are raving, saying the ‘scene’ was much better than the actual final season of House of Cards.
Watch the three-minute video below and let me know what you think in the comments section.
(Kevin Spacey is meeting with the worst PR company of all time)
PR flack: “So here’s our idea: we film you, in character as Frank Underwood, in a poorly-lit kitchen, reciting a ton of skin-crawling dialogue, and then we release the clip on Christmas Eve.”
— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) December 24, 2018
What if he shows up in court with his Underwood personae.. I’m willing to believe that he actually thinks he’s Frank Underwood now. https://t.co/bTeWeEA7vu
— Ihsan Zirih 🇺🇸 (@IhsanZirih) December 24, 2018
That video by Kevin Spacey is seriously weird. But welcome back @KevinSpacey. He just trashed his enemies and House of Cards season 6 in only 6minutes. Pure talent. Welcome back Mr President, Frank Underwood
— Lord Abraham Mutai (@ItsMutai) December 24, 2018