Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey is coming to Tampa to lead an acting workshop when the "Bollywood Oscars" — the International Indian Film Academy's weekend and awards — arrives in April, IIFA announced Wednesday.
Spacey will be leading an acting workshop "where keen participants attempt to delve into the minds of masters from the world's most flourishing and prolific entertainment industries; Hollywood and Indian film industry," IIFA said in its announcement. He will be joined in the master class by Bollywood actress Vidya Balan, who won India's prestigious National Award for her thriller Kahaani.
Spacey, who won Academy Awards for his performances in The Usual Suspects and American Beauty, ignited interest with his most recent role as Francis Underwood in Netflix's House of Cards. Spacey has been the Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theater Company in London for the last decade, and won a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers.
Further proving how glitzy the four-day gala will be, the Bollywood Oscars are more than just an award show. It also honors Indian culture, fashion and film. The big event will be held April 26, when IIFA unfurls its trademark green carpet for the awards show at Raymond James Stadium. But all of April 24-26 will be taken up with workshops, parties and dignitaries from both U.S. and Indian cinema. The show is expected to be watched by up to 800 million viewers around the world when it arrives in the U.S. for the first time.
This is Spacey's first appearance at the IIFAs, according to the Gulf News, the leading English-language newspaper in the Middle East. The gala has drawn Hollywood bigwigs such as Angelina Jolie and Hilary Swank in recent years.