KEVIN SPACEY struggled behind the scenes of new Bobby Darin biopic BEYOND The Sea because the film was a joint venture between British, German and American producers.

The OSCAR winner stars as the MACK THE KNIFE singer, and directs the film, and he admits it was tough cutting through the movie red tape.

He says, "The treaties involved, you really need Henry Kissinger to figure out.

"We were able to get the American cast we wanted. I had to have a certain number of German heads of department, a certain number of UK heads of department.

"Bob Hoskins is in the film, Brenda Blethyn, Greta Scacchi, which qualified some of the European equations. It's literally like casting with a puzzle."

13/07/2004 00:08