In the April 11 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine, actor Kevin Spacey had a lot to say about his fandom for Andy Murray. The self-described Murray “groupie” apparently scheduled the interview around Andy’s third-round match at Indian Wells and, as the article states, he didn’t “intend to miss a point.”
It goes on to say that Spacey “has crisscrossed the globe during the past two-plus years to watch Murray play more than a dozen times. And for this mid-March tournament, Spacey rented a house nearby, alternating between watching Murray play and working on his own game with a pair of professional coaches.”
Why Murray for the House of Cards star? His athleticism, his drive and the fact that he’s British, said Spacey.
After arriving to Indian Wells with the interviewer, Spacey “has been told that a seat in Murray’s box, where he has sat before, isn’t available because Murray’s coach, girlfriend and hitting partners are in it; but he’s offered the next best thing, Box 117, close enough to make eye contact, if ever Murray were to break focus. ‘I’ve often thought about whispering to him, ‘Keyser Soze is behind you,’ jokes Spacey, referring to the villain character in the 1995 thriller The Usual Suspects who won him his first Oscar. At least I think he’s joking. The delivery is so deadpan, it’s hard to be sure.”
The article goes on to say: “‘Come on,’ he bellows from his courtside seat, clapping hard every time Murray hits a winner — and groaning each time he doesn’t. He microanalyzes Murray’s game as though it were a character he was considering playing. Before the match is over, Spacey has one of his two coaches, Keith, who used to hit with Murray, push back his flight to Miami so that the two can squeeze in more practice. ‘Kevin doesn’t half-ass anything,’ his producing partner Dana Brunetti will tell me later. ‘Once he gets into something — working out, learning to play a musical instrument — he goes into it full bore. So, he’s always been a fan of tennis, but lately it’s become an obsession.’”
So to sum up: Mr. Spacey is obsessed with tennis. He’s a Brit. So naturally he’s obsessed with Andy Murray.
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