Interesting facts from Netflix Original House of Cards

03 . Nov . 2018
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House of Cards has kept us all hooked to cut-throat politics and power-hungry drama.

It has always kept everyone at the edge of seat wondering who would be betrayed next?

As the finale season releases, we list down some interesting facts from the series which would definitely get you hooked to it, more than ever

  • #MeToo Movement Wins, No Kevin Spacey

Soon after sexual allegations against Spacey came to light. Netflix and the producers quickly shut down on the sixth season and vowed that there would be no future of House of Cards that involved Kevin Spacey

Also Read | Netflix fires Kevin Spacey 

Kevin Spacey was the star as well as the executive producer of the show

  • The series is based on a British Miniseries

As original as it may seem, it is actually based on a 1990 BBC miniseries of the same name.

  • Author of novel, House of Cards served in The Parliament

The author, Michael Dobbs served as Thatcher’s chief of staff from 1986 to 1987 and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party from 1994 to 1995

  • Marks David Fincher’s Small Screen Debut

Two-time Oscar nominee David Fincher is best known for his work on the big screen, he made the leap to the small screen for the first time with the series, which he executive produces as well.

  • No network commitment for the makers

Fincher and Kevin Spacey began developing the series without a network commitment, there was a major war between the AMC and HBO. In what was an unprecedented move at the time, Netflix won the rights not just with boatloads of money, but by committing to shooting two seasons from the get-go.

  • Expensive Affair

The series was a good gamble for Netflix, but it was also an expensive one. It reportedly costs $100 million dollars to produce 13 episodes in each season

  • 7 months to write One Season

Creator Beau Willimon said during a Q&A Chat that it takes ‘roughly 7 months’ to write one season

  • A Game Changer

Netflix’s successful acquisition of the series — changed the game of “television” by releasing an entire season all at once on online, kickstarting the binge watching craze

  • The set is part of a 3,00,000 square foot Former Macy’s Warehouse in Maryland

If you ever visit the 300,000 square foot building, you’ll get a glimpse of the Underwood home, the Congress, the Oval Office, a bunch of state representatives’ offices and hotel suites, and the South Carolina governor’s office.

  • First Online Series to win an Emmy

  • Real Couple

Michael Gill and Jayne Atkinson (who play former President Garrett Walker and Secretary of State Catherine Durant, respectively) have been married since October 3, 1998

  • President Obama Hates the series Spoilers

  • Rachel Posner was originally an on-off character

Rachel was cast as the prostitute in Season 1 who was to appear in only 2 episodes with 5 lines but later she became an integral part of the show

Showrunner Beu William once stated:

“She had done such a fine job those first two episodes that I started exploring what it would mean to bring her character back and fully three-dimensionalize her. Rachel was so fantastic…I just wanted to write for her more and more”.

  • Kate Mara is a huge NFL Fan
  • The Entire Cast were first choice picks

In the commentary track for the first season, executive producer David Fincher explains that when he first got the cast in a room together, he took the opportunity to impart some wisdom on the group: “Every single person in this room represents our first choice, so don’t f*** this up. If you do, I will never forgive you.”

  • Big Hit in China

The series has found a massive audience in China, where it streams on the Chinese equivalent of Netflix, Sohu TV.

  • Each season completes the suit of cards

Every season has thirteen episodes, one episode per card in a suit of playing cards.

  • Kevin Spacey convinces Woody Allen

Kevin Spacey used House of Cards as his… calling card to try and convince Woody Allen, who he greatly admired, to work with him. He sent Allen a Netflix subscription and a note that said, “I don’t know if you’ve seen my work, but you might want to watch this series.”

  • Make it real

In order to better acquaint himself with the character of Frank Underwood, Spacey spent some time with Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House Majority Whip from California.

  • Season Three leaked

It was accidentally released on Netflix two weeks before the official release. Though it was taken down 17 minutes later, but it had been fully ripped from the site and illegally made available to all those who couldn’t wait to see what Frank Underwood was up to next.

  • Kevin Spacey met with an accident

Whilst filming promotional stills, Kevin Spacey burned his hand while holding up a burning flag. To cover it up, he “conveniently” burned his hand with coffee and had to wear a bandage in episode nine of the third season.

The finale of House of Cards is streaming now on Netflix.

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