Kevin Spacey has a message for anybody that can hear.
The practically two-and-a-half-minute clip is titled “1-800 XMAS” and begins with Spacey, 61, sitting on a park bench open air.
“That is proper, what would Christmas Eve be and not using a message from me,” he started, repeating himself. “That is proper, what would Christmas Eve be and not using a message from me.”
After stammering for a quick second, the star then stands and grabs the digicam that was filming him and begins to stroll and speak, holding the digicam selfie-style.
“Hear, lots of people have reached out to me this previous yr and have shared their very own struggles,” he continued. “My skill to be there for them has actually solely been doable due to my very own difficulties. Whereas it has been a privilege to supply help, I’ve to say, frankly, it is also been past my skills, and it is larger than me as a result of, heartbreakingly, so many have talked about issues having gotten so unhealthy for them, that they’ve contemplated taking their very own lives.”
“Difficulties” skilled by the actor embody his being nearly blacklisted from Hollywood after a number of individuals got here ahead with accusations of sexual misconduct in opposition to Spacey. He is confronted a number of authorized battles over the course of the previous few years.
Within the fallout, the actor got here out as homosexual and was additionally slammed for his verbiage in his announcement, saying in 2017, partly, “I select now to reside as a homosexual man.”
In his video on Thursday, he mentioned that individuals’s struggles have prompted him “to take a wholly completely different strategy this yr.”
Spacey mentioned his objective is to “acknowledge” the “ache” of these struggling with ideas of suicide, in addition to “to say to anybody on the market who’s struggling or considering that concept: Please, please don’t take that step.”
He added: “In the event you’re standing in a spot which you could not stay standing, should you’re struggling, should you need assistance, should you really feel guilt or disgrace, should you’re struggling together with your identification, in case your again’s up in opposition to the wall or should you really feel that there isn’t any path for you — no matter your state of affairs — I promise you there’s a path, and that presently, throughout this vacation and past — even should you do not feel it — there are individuals on the market who perceive and who will help as a result of you aren’t alone.”
The star then wished viewers “a Merry Christmas, a fantastic 2021 and say to all these on the market who could be struggling: It will get higher. It does get higher. Comfortable holidays, everybody.”
The video concludes with a title card displaying the suicide prevention hotline cellphone quantity.
Spacey’s first end-of-year message got here in 2018 when, in character as Frank Underwood from Netflix’s “Home of Playing cards,” he seemingly addressed the allegations in opposition to him and insisted he “would not pay the value” for acts he did not commit.
The 2019 video had a Christmas angle as effectively.
In the event you or somebody you recognize is having ideas of suicide, please contact the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).