For Bobby Darin, performing was his life. It kept his heart beating. He came alive onstage, even when he was near collapse offstage. With a heart damaged by rheumatic fever, Walden Robert Cassotto aka Little Bobby, isn’t supposed to live to see age 15. But when his mother Polly shows him the happiness that comes with music, Bobby finds the inspiration he needs to stay alive. Making music opens a world beyond sickness, where prodigious talent, drive and imagination can overcome a faulty heart. With the help and support of his devoted family, Bobby will become a star.
Kevin Spacey‘s great passion for Bobby Darin is perfectly translated into Beyond The Sea, (named for one of Darin’s hit songs) in which Spacey not only acts and sings, but he is the director, the producer and co-writer… he may have even served lunch to the crew, but there is no confirmation of that. With that much involvement, Spacey said he was able to put his personal stamp on the movie, which translates to a biographical film unlike most others. Spacey’s movie has an unusual structure, with his adult character occasionally sharing scenes with himself as a youngster. There also are full-blown musical numbers similar to the kind one might see in a 1940s or 1950s musical.
Today we want to celebrate Beyond The Sea by showing you the behind the scenes video of the film.