Kevin Spacey joins 'Horrible Bosses.' Can he be more infuriating than Bill Lumbergh?

kevin-spacey-office-spaceImage Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos; Everett CollectionI say absolutely. Kevin Spacey is a master, and after revisiting 1995’s The Usual Suspects for last week’s Time Capsule gallery, I miss him. Spacey’s been cast as a horrible boss in Horrible Bosses, a workplace comedy in which three friends (Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudiekis) are so frustrated by their jobs that they decide to kill their boss. So it’s like Office Space, but Lumbergh is the copy machine.

I finally watched 2009’s Moon over the weekend and Spacey’s quiet, sardonic, know-it-all demeanor made me want to kill someone even then. And he was playing a robot! Just his voice did that! I guess this post is my way of confessing to the world that I killed someone. I was going to fall onto my knees in the streets of St. Petersburg, but we have this nationally read blog, which is so much easier. Half-baked Dostoevsky reference in PopWatch: Surprising, annoying, awesome? The answer is D.

Who would you want to kill more if he were your boss: Kevin Spacey or Gary Cole?

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

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  • Ceballos

    Say hello to Lumberg for me!

    Seriously though, I just re-watched “Seven” this past weekend, remembered the awesome run Spacey had in the late 90’s. I’m officially on-board for a return to big-screen prominence.

  • John C.

    Why compare him to Lumbergh when you can compare Spacey to himself in Glengarry Glen Ross.

    • Ceballos

      Or, better yet, “Swimming with Sharks.”

    • Gavin

      Or Swimming With Sharks?

      • Gavin

        Oops, I missed the first reply, sorry.

    • Karen

      Ceballos, I was thinking the SAME thing!! In Swimming with Sharks, he played a pretty “horrible boss”, I would say.

    • LM

      Or how about Spacey in Swimming With Sharks? Most sadistic movie boss ever!

    • KristopherR

      Or Swimming With Sharks?

      Yeah I saw it the first two times…but I had the balls to do it a third time! >:o(

  • ZF

    Isn’t this the same plot as 9 to 5? Which one of these guys is the Dolly Parton?

    • Nicole

      I was going to say it was a movie called Swimming With Sharks starring Kevin Spacey himself as the mean boss. Despite my snark however, I’m actually really, really excited about this movie.

      The cast is great enough (Bateman, Day and Sudekis??? Is it my birthday??) that I’ll be seeing it for sure. As much as I’m “meh” about Jennifer Aniston, she’s not the star of the movie, and I can’t forget that she was part of the ensemble in Office Space, one of the best movies ever, so…

      • Nicole

        Of course like 7 replies mentioning Swimming With Sharks have been posted since I started writing. Sorry all.

  • Jacob

    This sounds a lot like another Spacey film, Swimming with Sharks, where he is kidnapped by his assistant and tortured (I think. It’s been awhile.)

    But, I’d take Gary Cole over Kevin Spacey, if only because Spacey played John Doe AND Keyser Soze, and well, I’d rather not have to take a piss next to either of those fellas on any given Monday. Kah-reepy.

    • Jacob

      Oh, I misunderstood the assignment.

      • Katja

        LOL I love how you called it an “assignment”. Like if you don’t get it done and done right, you will fail (or something)!

  • bijou

    This movie would sound better if Jennifer Aniston was not in it. She’s the kiss of death, plays th same all the time in every movie.

    • Madd

      Look, I’m not a big fan of hers either, but she was pretty good in Office Space.
      Also, I mean, Jason Bateman, Jason Sudekis, Charlie Day, Kevin Spacey, and Colin Farrell? I mean, even if Tommy Wiseau wrote the screenplay it would be awesome.

  • Madd

    Love me some Kevin Spacey, but I really just want to see this for Charlie Day…

  • Summer

    Ready for another Office Space type flick to quote from. I think Spacey totally has that type of character buried in him. He can be as full of himself as they need him to be. Plus I am ready to cheer him on in something, not the crazy weird roles he has been throwing himself into. The Usual Suspects was AWESOME!

  • BrandonK

    Oh, Annie. You made me laugh out loud and say “oh, goodness” twice in two successive blog posts. You’re on a roll today!

  • murley

    jason bateman, charlie day, AND jason sudiekis? can i stalk this movie?

  • lindsey

    I would choose Jason Bateman as the boss I would want to kill but only if he used his status to get an Apple IPhone before I did;-)

  • tiger tim

    STILL ANOTHER pointless, stale
    uninspired work from the mildly
    talented, TOO LONG RICH, Kevin Spacey.

    MEANWHILE, having reaped BILLIONS
    catering to the denial needs of
    history’s –MOST– awesomely genocidal regime ACROSS the Pacific
    –BOTH the 20th anniversary of
    the Tiennemen Massacre AND the staggeringly relevant 60th Anniversary of the KOREAN WAR
    are, AGAIN, “mysteriously overlooked”…

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