Spacey And Mendes Feared Loss Of Investment
Actor Kevin Spacey and director Sam Mendes constantly feared investors in their international Shakespeare theatre project would drop out and force the cancellation of the event due to the global economic downturn.
Spacey, who serves as artistic director at London's Old Vic theatre, teamed up with his pal Mendes to put on productions of As You Like It and The Tempest at the Theatre Marigny in Paris, France this month (Apr10).
The American Beauty star admits the project was in doubt until the plays finally his the stage this week (begs12Apr10) - because the pair thought they would lose the financial backing that they had secured between 2008 and 2009, as the world's economy was plunged into crisis.
But Spacey is thankful bosses at their main sponsor, the Bank of America, never withdrew their involvement.
He says, "We did (secure investors), just before the credit crunch, and the Bank of America stuck with us.
"Sam and I were always looking over our shoulders wondering if the phone call was coming (to cancel the funding), but it never did."