Now, he's attempting what could be his greatest trick yet.
Veteran actor Christopher Plummer was re-cast in the role, replacing Spacey as J Paul Getty.
Reshoots begin on Monday, with the plan to stick to the original release date for the film of 22 December.
Spacey - who was going to star in the movie as the oil tycoon J. Paul Getty - has been hit by a flood of sexual harassment and assault allegations.
The 87-year-old actor said that reshooting the film was like "starting all over again". "Kevin is such a talented actor, terrifically gifted".
And as for "The Man Who Invented Christmas", in which Plummer plays Ebenezer Scrooge, the Canadian-born star says he loved playing a cantankerous character - and is quite cantankerous in real life. "But I've got to forget that and go and do it, because it's a very well written script and Ridley has been very good". So they took control of the situation and chose to re-shoot all the key scenes involving J. Paul Getty, an oil tycoon who refused to pay a ransom after his grandson was kidnapped by an organized crime group. "But if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior". "Ridley came to me, and I agreed because I want to work with him", he said. The script was wonderful.
Last month actor Anthony Rapp alleged that Spacey had made sexual advances towards him when he was 14 and Spacey was 26.
When asked who he would most like to profile, Talese, 85, said: 'I would like to talk to Kevin Spacey.
Plummer doesn't sound too concerned about the tight time frame and turn around, though, insisting, "I am used to big roles and lots of words". Since then, many others have come forward to accuse the actor of sexual harassment, and the 58-year-old was dropped from his prior commitments, including Ridley's film and Netflix series House of Cards.
Spacey's ouster comes amid an increasing number of sexual assault allegations against the actor which have knocked Spacey from a number of projects slated to feature the two-time Academy Award victor.