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Meet Superman's arch enemy

Prem Panicker in Los Angeles

The wheel, for Kevin Spacey, comes full circle with Superman Returns. Though he had been acting since 1986, it was in 1995 that he really broke out, with George Huang's Swimming With The Sharks, David Fincher's Se7en, and Superman Returns director Bryan Singer's breakout movie, The Usual Suspects.

That triple whammy triggered something. Spacey went on to build a body of work that has included L.A. Confidential, Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil, The Negotiator, The Life of David Gale and American Beauty. He has, in the process, garnered many nominations and two Oscars -- a Best Supporting one for The Usual Suspects, and Best Actor for American Beauty.

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  • Not that Spacey is counting - theatre was his first love since his days in junior high, and it is to theatre that he continues to devote substantial chunks of his time. The actor who made his Broadway debut in the 1986 production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night(co-starring Jack Lemmon) has gone on to form a production company (Trigger Street Productions) and film-making community on the web ( that purposes to discover and nurture new talent.

    In between, he has found time to direct -- he debuted at the helm of Albino Alligator, starring Matt Dillon, Gary Sinise, Faye Dunaway and Viggo Mortensen and, most recently, directed and starred as Bobby Darin in Beyond the Sea, opposite Kate Bosworth -- a role that earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.

    Never inclined to stray too far from theatre, Spacey last year took charge as artistic director of the Old Vic Theatre in London. He has, in the space of 18 months, run up an impressive body of work. He is scheduled to appear at the Old Vic this September in Eugene O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten.

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