James Lipton, the longtime host of Inside the Actors Studio, has died few days ago at the age of 93. We want to remember him by sharing one of our favorites interview of Kevin Spacey. In this video from Inside the Actors Studio, back in July 2000, Kevin charmed the host and the audience by nine impersonations in six minutes, stunning right? Kevin Spacey also gave an inspiring speech on what drives talent and how to get to the ultimate prize, do you remember it?
“How can we, help us appreciate this early experience, these lean years, these very difficult years leading up to the ultimate prize?”
“There is no prize out there. The only prize is this one, and what you feel, and what you want to accomplish, and if you can as you start out, these what could be lean years, or could be fat years, I feel that I very often watch a lot young people sort of meander around without any idea about why they’re doing what they’re doing. I mean, to want, and to be ambitious, and to want to be successful is not enough, that’s just desire. To know what you want, to understand why you’re doing it, to dedicate every breath in your body to achieve. If you feel you have something to give, if you feel that your particular talent is worth developing, is worth caring for, then there’s nothing you can’t achieve. You’re gonna grow up with your colleagues, you’re gonna watch them have success and watch them have failure, and you’re gonna watch how they deal with it, and they can be as much a teacher for you as anybody here, or anyone who’s privileged enough to come here and speak to you.”
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