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Spacey hopes to inspire Tweeters

Kevin Spacey has vowed to cost financial firm American Express "a lot of money" as he launched a Prince's Trust campaign.

The American Beauty star is backing an initiative which will see AmEx donate 50p to the youth charity every time someone shares their inspirations through a dedicated Facebook page and Twitter feed.

The Oscar-winning actor said his own lengthy list is likely to be rather costly to the company as he takes part in the #AmexBeInspired campaign.

Kevin laughed: "I'm inspired by so much that I will probably be costing AmEx a lot of money."

"I am hugely inspired constantly, and particularly inspired by stories about people who find a way to overcome."

The money raised will be used to give vulnerable young people support and motivation to move into the workplace with a minimum donation already set at £150,000.

Kevin, who is artistic director of London's Old Vic Theatre, said he was inspired as a teenager by the late, great Jack Lemmon when he visited his school. He said: "I cannot tell you what it meant to me as a young kid who had this dream of being an actor ... that when I finished doing this scene from a play, Jack Lemmon walked up to me and put his hand on my shoulder and said 'That was a touch of terrific. You're an actor.'

"It without question changed my life."

Kevin, recently acclaimed for his lead role in the Old Vic's Richard III directed by Sam Mendes, said he felt blessed to be in a good position with his life and career. "I get to go to work every day at one of the most remarkable theatres in the world. I'm the luckiest guy alive."

More information about the campaign can be found at amexbeinspired.co.uk.

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