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Sunday 25 January 2015

Kim: Spacey won me with director

Kim Cattrall got the director she wanted thanks to Kevin Spacey
Kim Cattrall got the director she wanted thanks to Kevin Spacey

Kim Cattrall has revealed Kevin Spacey wooed her to the Old Vic by signing up War Horse director Marianne Elliott at Kim's request.

The Sex And The City star has just begun rehearsals playing a fading Hollywood star who battles drug addiction and seeks comfort in the arms of a young gigolo in a new production of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird Of Youth at the Old Vic.

Kim revealed: "I was doing Private Lives in the West End about two years ago and Kevin Spacey came to see it and he took me for lunch a few days later and said 'I have an idea'... he said 'Sweet Bird Of Youth'. And I said, Alright, if you can get Marianne Elliott to direct it I'll do it - and he did!"

Marianne is an award-winning British director who has worked on acclaimed productions in the West End and Broadway.

Kim, 56, admitted Sweet Bird Of Youth was not a light-hearted play, but promised the production would be sexy.

She said: "Every play is a journey. Antony And Cleopatra isn't a comedy in three acts either, at least this woman doesn't die with a snake at her breast. I think it's a beautiful journey for both of them, and somewhat of a love affair really, because I think these people in some ways, who are discovering all of this are maybe meant to be together.

"And it's very sexy too!"

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