Re­turn to the UAE

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Kevin Spacey plans to re­turn to the UAE to host fur­ther act­ing work­shops. “I will ab­so­lutely go back,” he says. “I had an ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence in Shar­jah [in 2015] with a group of 23 emerg­ing ac­tors from 12 dif­fer­ent re­gions, many of whom had never been on an air­plane be­fore and who had never had that ex­pe­ri­ence.”

For Spacey, start­ing out, “there were a num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als who were in very high po­si­tions in this in­dus­try who took me un­der their wing, who be­lieved in me way be­fore I showed any prom­ise, who gave me con­fi­dence, and in many cases, who gave me a job”. “Now when I’m do­ing work­shops, I’m al­ways look­ing for the shy kid in the corner who wants to be there but is ter­ri­fied, and who wants to get up but isn’t sure of them­selves. I was that kid.

“When an adult or men­tor or teacher can say just the right words to a young per­son at just the right mo­ment, it can be life-chang­ing. It’s a gift to be given to be able to, as Jack Lem­mon said, send the el­e­va­tor back down.”

Adam Bouyamourn

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