The Corner

House of Cards Star: ‘Our Story Lines Are Not That Crazy’

If you stopped binge-watching Season 2 of House of Cards long enough to turn on the Sunday shows this morning, you might have caught series star Kevin Spacey making a case for the show’s often-astonishing plot twists.

“We can get done shooting on a day and I’ll come home and turn on the news and I’ll think, you know, our story lines are not that crazy,” Spacey told host George Stephanopoulos. ”They’re really not.”

Stephanopoulos suggested that the president probably wishes he were as effective as the show’s protagonist, Frank Underwood, who goes to murderous lengths to gain power in Washington.

“It does seem like even President Obama has a little bit of Frank Underwood envy,” Stephanopoulos said.

“I can imagine why he would!” responded Spacey.

“I’ve heard from lots of people,” Spacey continued. “Some people feel that 99 percent of the show is accurate, and the 1 percent that isn’t is that you could never get an education bill passed that fast.”

This Week also showed a clip from a video put together by NowThis News of real members of Congress reading lines from the show. It’s great and you should watch the whole thing

Here’s the Spacey segment:

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More