House of Cards is onto season 4 now and looking as good as ever. Kevin Spacey is back to reprise his fantastic role of Mr. Frank Underwood. The Netflix original has always received positive reviews from fans and critics alike! In celebration of it's 4th season, let's have a look at 10 things you probably didn't know about the political thriller!
1. Each season costs $100 million to make.
You would think this show wouldn't cost a whole lot to make, seeing as there's no major special effects, set pieces or anything of that kind. What you would need to pay for though is the very talented cast in the show, comprised of, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and Michael Kelly!
It's also probably quite expensive to have all the things that are identical to the president, for example, production was based in a 300,000+ sq. ft. warehouse, so the likes of The Oval Office, Frank's house and House of Congress are all on this set! Which would've been expensive to make!
2. First Netflix show to win an Emmy
The Emmy's are always a tight battle between TV's very best and so it makes it a very prestigious award to earn! That's why it's a big deal for Netflix when it won it's very first Emmy and really showed it means business for competing in television. Nowadays, Netflix has tons of amazing exclusives, such as, Better Call Saul, Daredevil and Jessica Jones. The future is bright for Netflix and House of Cards is forever part of that history!
3. President Walker and Catherine Durant are married in real-life.
This one is a nice piece of trivia. Michael Gill (President Walker) and Jayne Atkinson (Catherine Durant) are both married in real life! In the show they don't have much affiliation which leads you to thinking nothing of the pair, but you would be surprised to know they are married in real life! The pair are two great characters on the show and it's weird to think that they're married. The show will never be the same for you.
4. Each season has 13 episodes. One episode per card in a suit of playing cards
For me, this one sounds far too cool to just be coincidental! A nice little touch from the shows creators. It also gives us a healthy length of a series for all of us to binge on every year! Do you prefer all the episodes releasing at once for the year or do you prefer how television does it where you wait each week for a new episode? Let me know in the comments!
5. David Fincher offered the role of Claire directly to Robin Wright
David Fincher is one of the worlds greatest directors, working on movies such as, Fight Club, Gone Girl and Se7en. He also just so happens to be a director on House of Cards and he personally offered Robin Wright the character of Claire. He worked with Robin on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011). He convinced her by telling her by promising she would have input in the creation of the character.
6. Kevin Spacey would like to do politics in real life
During an interview on Inside the Actors Studio, Kevin Spacey was asked, "What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?" His answer was, "Politics."
To be honest I think Kevin Spacey wouldn't be a bad president! Not so sure about Frank Underwood on the other hand. What do you think? Would you vote for Underwood?
7. Russia's president shares the same initials as Vladamir Putin
In the show, Russia's presidents name is Viktor Petrov, which is no coincidence as the current Russian presidents name is of course, Vladamir Putin. I don't know about you, but I think he sorta has a resemblance to Putin also! Let me know in the comments if you agree!
8. Rachel was only supposed to be on the pilot as a call girl
The writers decided to change the arc for the character of Peter Russo, Rachel Brosnahan was not only brought back but given a fully flesh out character that stayed on the show for three seasons.
I'm happy Rachel got a run in the show because she was by far one of the most intriguing characters in the show. She added some spice and you never knew what she would do! A great decision to keep her in the show!
9. Most of the show is shot in Maryland
This one surprised me, I just assumed the whole lot was shot in D.C, but apparently not! Producer John Melfi told The Baltimore Sun in 2012 of the massive sets they were building. “This is a Hollywood studio back lot.”
10. Obama loves the show! But hates spoilers..
Back in 2014, Obama tweeted this piece of absolute gold. You know the show is good when the president is invested in it so much he doesn't want any spoilers. We all know this feel, Barack.
So that's it guys! What did you think? Is there any more facts you know? The main source for most of these was here. Be sure to check out House of Cards season 4, streaming on Netflix from March 4th on.