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THE MOVIE: Beyond the Sea

Kevin Spacey • Kate Bosworth
DIRECTOR: Kevin Spacey

Sandra Dee & Bobby Darin THE CONCEPT:
Biopic of singer Bobby Darin, from his childhood, where he suffered from rheumatic fever which permanently damaged his heart, through his marriage to America’s sweetheart Sandra Dee, to his death at 37.

U.S. RELEASE: December 29 2004, Nationwide • Rated: PG-13


“My mother was in love with Bobby Darin. She thought he was the greatest thing that ever walked the face of the earth, and I grew up in a house where Bobby Darin was playing all the time. So by the time I was 15, my mother had thoroughly converted me.”

“I didn’t know anything about Bobby Darin or Sandra Dee. I knew their names, especially Sandra Dee from the spoof in Grease. That was pretty much it, and I’m sure that’s all a lot of my generation knows.”

“I sang some of the songs [in the movie] live. The first Mack the Knife is live. I’d been working on the music for so long, and we recorded the tracks in September, before we knew if we had a movie, so I paid for all those sessions because we had no money, but I knew I had to get those tracks down.”

“I feel Kevin’s name should be in every slot in the credits. He was incredible. I never felt like I was sitting there acting with him feeling like, ‘is he directing me? Is he thinking of something else?’ He was so one hundred percent focused and devoted to whatever he was doing in that moment. Then, as soon as he’d say ‘cut,’ he’d go straight into director mode and go behind the cameras and watch playback.”

“I’ve watched a lot of films that are biopics, and sometimes I feel like it’s watching wax museum performances, because you can saddle yourself as a performer with having to be so much like somebody that it actually doesn’t make you explode out, it hampers you. I love doing impressions, but I always felt that if I was going to do the singing, if I was going to do this performance, it had to come from me.”

“I think I would have been a fan of Bobby Darin’s. I think some people stand the test of time, and he does. He’s like Sinatra that way. There’s just a classic sense about him and a love for what he does. You can tell through his music, or seeing him, he lives for it.”

“[The movie] has already been validated, because I faced the biggest critics I could have ever faced, Dodd Darin and Sandra Dee. After that, everything’s icing on the cake. I made the movie because I wanted to make the movie, and I made the movie I wanted to make. If it’s successful, maybe that will turn the spotlight back onto Bobby Darin, and that’s the whole reason I did it.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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