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However, his performance proved so popular with museum visitors, that he read the poem again.
The poem is a reflection on a worn-out and lonely boxer who is cast aside despite previous glory. "Life was over in a moment".
The 60-year-old disgraced actor stood in front of a sculpture called "Boxer at Rest" at the Palazzo Massimo and read the poem "The Boxer" by Gabriele Tinti.
The media was reportedly notified in advance of the appearance to enhance the opportunity.
The poem contains the lines: "They used me for their entertainment, fed on shoddy stuff". I lit up the darkness, collected insults, compelled applause. "On the other hand, life is not frightening for those who have never taken a risk".
The two-time Oscar winner's appearance in the Italian city comes after a criminal sexual misconduct case against him collapsed.
This was the first time Spacey has performed in public since sexual misconduct charges from 2017 were dropped by a MA prosecutor, after William Little declined to testify against him at a pretrial hearing. Spacey denied the claims, but is still being investigated by Scotland Yard over six allegations of sexual assault in the United Kingdom between 1996 and 2013.