HOLLYWOOD — Bobby Darin biopic “Beyond the Sea” unspooled nearly an hour late at its Thursday opening-night screening at AFI Fest, mainly because helmer-producer-star Kevin Spacey assigned himself one more credit at the last minute — personal chauffeur.
“I could not have walked in here this evening without two people by my side,” said Spacey, who had driven to Malibu in heavy traffic to pick up Darin’s son Dodd Darin, and his manager, Steve Blauner.
Also in attendance at the Cinerama Dome were Blauner’s alter ego, John Goodman, Darin’s personal friend, Dick Clark, and leading lady Kate Bosworth, with b.f. Orlando Bloom in tow.
“It was a pleasure to act with her, to direct her, to laugh with her, and to make out with her,” Spacey said of Bosworth. “Sorry, Orlando.”
Post-screening festivities turned the Music Box Theater into a swinging mini-Copacabana, complete with palm trees and live music by Big Phat Band.