"And after The Archers--" (I do not hate The Archers like some people do
) "Kirsty Lang with Front Row."
Oh god. I"m actually much more likely to turn off the radio for Front Row than The Archers. But, I was busy hanging up laundry, so didn't bother. The Archers is just noise to me; I don't listen to it often enough for it to be more than that. Though I did smile when, after the cliffhanger so shouty even I noticed it ("He wasn't in Essex! He was in my bed
!"), the first thing said was "the agricultural advisor was..." I bet that dude was a real help to this woman admitting to sleeping with the partner of her....friend? sister? mom? I have no idea.)
And then before I could turn the radio off, I heard "Tonight on Front Row, Kevin Spacey talking about the new series of the US House of Cards
, and The Lego Movie
. Gosh! Stuff I actually want to hear about! How can this be? I don't think it's ever happened before.
Irritatingly, though, when the Kevin Spacey interview started, after the (no doubt mandatory but also excruciatingly dull for me) stuff about it being made by Netflix and all the episodes released at once and similar, there was a question like "in the first episode of the new series, you use the aside to the audience less than usual." And I thought, hooray, we're finally getting to stuff I care about, but then Spacey's answer, quick and dismissive, was "I can't talk about anything about what happens in the show."
I think Mark Lawson and I were both a little taken aback by that response. Did we mistake this guy for a suspected spy captured by the enemy and refusing to give more than name, rank and serial number?
Spacey went on with something like "well in this generation we live in a no-spoilers culture, people don't want to be told 'oh that guy's just about to get his head shot off' or whatever. So I'm not going to ruin it for people just because some journalist asked me a question."
I couldn't decide which part irritated me more, that he's invoking spoilers to refuse a question -- and not something stupid like "how does it end?" but just about the use of a particular technique of form or style, and just in the first episode
at that* -- or that he was so dismissive of "some journalist asking a question" like he was a bravely defiant rebel rather than an actor who had agreed to an interview about his new show. Getting asked about the new show should not evoke such a derisory reponse.
Honestly it's dulled the excitement of the new House of Cards
, which I had really been looking forward to become I got so caught up in the first series. To know that Spacey's been put on such a short leash doesn't endear the show to me (and it's interesting that this puts me off when the show being composed entirely of objectionable things hasn't really), and it's frustrating not to get any idea of how he finds the show or the making-of at all. Any boring Netflix exec could've done that "people can control their own entertainment and watch whole series in a weekend if they want to" stuff in this interview; it seems a waste of the star as well as a little contemptuous to fans who care about anything besides spoilers.* Surely anyone that sensitive to spoilers wouldn't listen to interviews before watching the show? In this age of iPlayer as well as Netflix, when Spacey had just been banging on about how people are more in control of their entertainment when they can binge on entire series, to show such temporal provincialism about what can be revealed seems jarring.