Kevin Spacey doesn’t want to be ”content.” The ‘House of Cards’ actor – who won an Oscar for his role in ‘American Beauty’ in 2003 – left Hollywood behind in 2003 to move to London to take up the post of Creative Director at the Old Vic theatre and though people thought the change was ”crazy,” he knew it was the right thing for him to do.
He said: ”So there I was at the pinnacle of success, then the Academy Award, and I could see the change in people’s faces, this, ‘Oh boy, now this is serious’, but I was like, ‘I don’t want to keep doing this same thing.’ I felt I don’t need to be maneuvering, I don’t need to tart myself, I want something different. I don’t want to do the same thing for another 10 years, I want a new challenge. The worst word in the world is content. When I went to London, people thought I was f***ing crazy. Why not sit around a Beverly Hills pool collecting residual cheques? That is not the kind of life I want.”
The 55-year-old star also admitted his career has been far more successful than he ever could have hoped. He told the new issue of Britain’s GQ magazine: ”I do not look like guys in movies and I was seeing if I could build that career and it worked way better than I could ever have hoped.”