Kevin Spacey took time out of his presidential acting duties to reveal on “The Tonight Show” that his nose has been broken for the last four years.
“All the stuff I’ve been doing for the last four years, without my full capacity,” Spacey said to host Jimmy Fallon. “You just wait till I get my nose fixed.”
Spacey was at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., recently for the unveiling of his “House of Cards” character’s portrait. Spacey plays President Underwood, a political figure that combines Julius Caesar’s with with Augustus’ grace.
But Spacey’s broken nose was the result of a lack of grace, he told Fallon on Tuesday night. Four years ago while rehearsing for a production of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” he hit himself in the nose and began shedding a flood of blood appropriate for such a violent play.
“I broke it from overacting,” he said. “Overacting, big time.”
He continued, “It hurt like hell. But I didn’t think I broke it.”
It wasn’t until recently when a drama of another sort brought the broken nose to his attention.
Having suffered from a “dramatic loss of hearing in the right ear,” Spacey went to the doctor for a checkup. That's when the doctor discovered his nose was broken.
And for now, Spacey doesn’t plan on fixing the nose.
The new season of “House of Cards” premiers on Netflix on March 4.