‘House of Cards’ nice es­cape’ from real-world pol­i­tics: Neve Camp­bell

Cape Breton Post - - Entertainment -

When Net­flix’s pres­i­den­tial drama “House of Cards” pre­miered in 2013 it was so out­ra­geous in its ruth­less de­pic­tion of U.S. pol­i­tics that it seemed like science fic­tion. With sea­son 5 set to be­gin next Tues­day, it seems more like a doc­u­men­tary.

Pres­i­dent Frank Un­der­wood (Kevin Spacey) and first lady Claire (Robin Wright) are un­con­scionable in their lust for power. This will be the first sea­son of the se­ries, how­ever, to air af­ter the elec­tion of Don­ald Trump. Sud­denly, pres­i­den­tial be­hav­iour has been cast in a whole new light. Do the Un­der­woods now seem dull and con­ven­tional?

We put the ques­tion to the Cana­dian in the cast, Neve Camp­bell.

“I haven’t met a fan yet who has said, ‘Aww, I don’t think I’m go­ing to bother to watch this year,”’ she said while pro­mot­ing the fifth sea­son in New York. “If any­thing, it’ll be a nice es­cape.”

In other words, view­ers should en­joy these char­ac­ters even more this sea­son “be­cause they’re not real,” said Camp­bell.

“You can love to hate these char­ac­ters, but noth­ing bad is go­ing to hap­pen when you turn the TV off.”

“To your chil­dren, or to your wife,” added Kelly, “or women’s rights, or all the other ap­palling things that are hap­pen­ing with the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

Camp­bell joined the large en­sem­ble cast last sea­son as Texas-based po­lit­i­cal con­sul­tant Leann Har­vey.

She said the writ­ers have not had to ramp up the hor­rors on sea­son 5 of “House of Cards” to out­pace the head­lines com­ing out of the real White House.

“That al­ready ex­isted on this show, so it’s not like they’re chang­ing any­thing,” she said. “I think it would have been danger­ous to try and sud­denly usurp what’s ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing in the real po­lit­i­cal cli­mate.”

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