WASHINGTON – A host of fake politicians, from White House staffers to the secretary of state, blended with their real-life counterparts Monday at the National Portrait Gallery for a premiere screening of “House of Cards” Season 4.
The Netflix series, featuring two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, will release all of the season’s episodes on March 4.
The event was designed to merge the lines between the “House of Cards” universe and the very real campaign going on in the U.S.
Arriving in a motorcade and accompanied by a fake Secret Service escort (spoiler, if you’re behind), President Frank Underwood – Kevin Spacey’s character – took to a podium bearing the presidential seal to unveil his “official” portrait. Before entering the room, guests were warned that the event was going to be filmed, possibly to be used in the show. Some in the crowd even had Frank Underwood campaign memorabilia, including shirts and pins with the FU2016 logo.
As they arrived on a red carpet, Spacey and other cast members revealed little about what’s to come during Season 4.
“There’s definitely going to be dialogue – and scenes” Spacey said. “You’re just going to have to watch it.” He added that he recently found out a number of people in China believe Frank Underwood is the actual president of the U.S., and that his character was also first in Egypt’s presidential polls.
Actress Elizabeth Marvel, who plays Heather Dunbar, the U.S. solicitor general turned presidential candidate, talked about how she enjoys being in a show with many strong female characters. “It’s so great. In Season 3 we recreated the Supreme Court, and I got to argue a case at the Supreme Court,” she said.
Derek Cecil, who plays the president’s communications director, Seth Grayson, said he really enjoyed being in Washington, since the show is mostly filmed in Baltimore. D.C. is known for being a difficult and expensive city to secure filming permits.
Also on the red carpet was actress Neve Campbell, who is joining the show this season to play a staffer for the fiction first lady, Claire Underwood, played by Robin Wright.
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