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Monday, June 16, 2008


So this is quite bizarre. Kevin Spacey has been appointed a ‘Professor’ at Oxford University.
First surprise: that a University can appoint someone as a university teaching Professor who is not….well… a professor.
Second: That Spacey is apparently replacing Patrick Stewart in the job. Yes, that’s Patrick ’baldie’ Stewart. Curiouser and curiouser.

But that’s not the bizarre bit. Because it turns out that Spacey has been given the job in order to ’promote interest in contemporary theatre at the university’.

So, that’s an Oscar winning A List actor, being hired to increase an interest in a middle class cultural pursuit among the wealthy middle class and educationally privileged?
For why?
Perhaps when he’s finished doing that, some bright spark could see whether he fancies offloading some snow, ice and reindeer offcuts to the Inuits?

‘Double Oscar winning actor Kevin Spacey said it is an "honour" to be named as a University of Oxford professor.
The American Beauty star will be the next Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine's College, Oxford.
Spacey, who is also artistic director of The Old Vic Theatre Company, will succeed actor Patrick Stewart when the next academic year starts in October.
His role will be to promote interest in contemporary theatre at the university.
Spacey said: "It really is an honour for me to have been invited to follow such illustrious names and take up this role at Oxford.
"The university is steeped in tradition and has a great heritage in the arts and I look forward to working with the students and staff.
"I relish the challenge ahead and am excited for term to begin."'


Ron said...

Is he still A-list? Christ, I thought he was dead.

"The university is steeped in tradition and has a great heritage in the arts..."

He must be referring to the brilliance of Oxbridge types, like Python. Outside of that, I was under the impression it was just a bunch of whingey, pompous little asses. But what the hell do I know.

Jo said...

Nah, he's not dead - just been living in England for the last few years, which in terms of Hollywood celebrity exposure, is tantamount to being dead, I suppose.
Even Madonna, who's ridiculously famous, has to resort to such attention-grabbing tactics as going on baby raids to Africa to generate attention now that she resides in Mayfair.
It's a sad state of affairs...seems to me all you have to do to get attention if you're semi-known in LA is to be seen eating in public. Or, if you're female and under 30, very obviously not eating.