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Kevin Spacey Talks ‘House of Cards’


– Congratulations after–
finally, eight nominations, you finally win a Golden Globe. It’s about time. [cheers and applause] – Yeah. – Now… was it something
that you just go, “I’m going,
but I’m not gonna win” or…? – Well, you know,
the first time you’re nominated, it’s really rather incredible
and kind of extraordinary, and you go to the events. And then the sixth time… – [laughs] – You go to the event and
you get really, really drunk at the bar backstage. And that happened for
the seventh one, as well. – Uh-huh.
– And I was beginning to think that maybe the only way to win
was to not show up. – You were jinxing it?
– Yeah, I was jinxing it. – Yeah.
– So, I actually thought maybe I shouldn’t show up, but then everyone said,
“No, you gotta go.” – Right.
– So I went and I was very surprised, because I thought I would be
the Susan Lucci of Netflix. [laughter] – And yet you were not.
You were not. And it was about time.
I mean, you’re so good. And, so, congratulations.
– Thank you very much. [applause] – So, Frank Underwood,
this is a character that– you know “House of Cards,”
right? I assume everybody knows it. [cheers and applause] So, you play Frank Underwood– – Not “underwear.”
“Underwood.” – I said “Underwood.”
– Sounded like “underwear.” – No, no, no.
I–“Underwood,” I know your– – Okay, I’m just checking.
– I’m a big fan. But I loved that
the initials were FU, and I loved that you had
cufflinks that say “FU.” – I do, yes, I do have cufflinks
that say “FU,” yes. – They’re the initials
of the guy, so– – Well, the original
British series, and in fact
Michael Dobbs’s books, he was called Francis Urquhart. – Mm-hmm.
– Which we didn’t think translated well for the US, so we chose Francis Underwood specifically so
we could keep the initials. – Right.
It’s fantastic. But now–
– And I get to, like, write people letters
on “FU” stationary. That’s really fun. [laughter] – Do you really have stationary? That’s great.
– Yeah, I have stationary. – So, do you–
is he based on someone? ‘Cause everyone thinks
there’s someone he’s based on. – No, he’s really actually
based on Richard III– Shakespeare’s Richard III– and Shakespeare’s Iago. He’s kind of a combination. Which is why he talks
directly into the camera, because Shakespeare invented
what we call direct address. – Mm-hmm, yeah, it’s fantastic. I love listening to
Frank Underwear talk. Um, so… – So, you’re just trying to
sell your underwear, is that it? – That’s exactly what I’m doing. – That’s what I thought
you were doing. – It’s subliminal.

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