Netflix’s political drama “House of Cards” has drawn parallels between fiction and real-life politics, and the similarities reached its peak during the 2016 presidential elections.
Lead character Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) and Republican nominee Donald Trump, who just won the elections, have often been compared because of their strong personalities and go-getter attitudes, even though the stars of the show don’t really like Trump.
Even show creator Beau Willimon, who left the show after Season 4, cannot help but express his distaste for the new president. “If he wins we must get over our disbelief & dismay immediately. We use that energy starting tomorrow to prevent him from ruining the nation,” he wrote on his Twitter page.
He made a follow-up post minutes later, saying: “For those asking ‘How?’ Mid-term elections, state & municipal races, large-scale activism. As a start. We brainstorm. We organize. We act.”
“There is one question put to all local, state, nat'l candidates henceforth: Do you oppose Trump? If not, we beat them. We chip away his wall,” he added.
Earlier, Spacey told The Hollywood Reporter that if Underwood were real, then he probably would have supported Trump and not his opponent, Hillary Clinton. However, the motive behind his support isn’t all that good. “President Underwood would willingly stand behind Donald Trump — in order to push him in the right direction,” he said.
Spacey’s thoughts on what Underwood would do to Trump are not far off from what his co-star Constance Zimmer thinks he would do. Zimmer, who played journalist Janine Skorsky on the show, was asked by USA Today how Underwood would defeat Trump. Zimmer jokingly answered, “I think he would just kill him! I think he'd just off him. That's clean. He'd just finish him.”
“House of Cards” Season 5 will premiere on Netflix in 2017.