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Spacey launches talent search

The American Beauty star and staff at his Trigger Street Productions company have teamed up with whiskey giant Jameson to launch a talent search for wannabe screenwriters and directors.

Aspiring filmmakers are invited to submit a script online and a panel of experts, including Spacey, will draw up a shortlist and invite the most promising applicants to shoot a scene.

One winner will be chosen from each country, and they will be invited to direct filming of their movie, with Spacey in the lead role.

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The actor says, “I want to give talented people out there a shot at reaching their goals for the first time. Jack Lemmon once said to me, ‘If you’re doing well, send the elevator back down’.

“I’ve done incredibly well and it’s because the material I found early in my career was from first-time writers, first-time directors, first-time playwrights. If it weren’t for that talent I wouldn’t have a career. So if one person gets a break then the competition has been successful.”

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