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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… House Of Cards
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About… House Of Cards

Political dramas don’t come any more addictive than House Of Cards. In its three series, Frank and Claire Underwood’s relentless climb up the political ladder has gripped everyone who watched it. The pair began series one with Frank dumfounded to find out that he will not be given a top job in a new Democratic administration, despite having played a huge role in helping the party win. From then on the pair head out on a journey to avenge those who wronged them and that’s a lot of people…

With the show's fifth season now out on DVD, we thought we’d have some fun and bring you 10 things you didn’t know about House Of Cards

 

All the key cast were first choice…

Normally lists like this have at least one item about a big name star who was considered for one of the show’s big roles, but missed out. Not for House Of Cards, all the creatives behind the show have always been at pains to point out that they got everybody they wanted for the show.

 

Rachel Posner was only supposed to have five lines…

When Rachel Brosnahan was first cast as Rachel Posner, the escort sent to seduce the troubled Peter Russo, she was supposed to have a grand total of five lines and be gone. But the show’s producers liked her so much that they ended up writing her a much, much bigger role…

 

Both its showrunners have strong political backgrounds…

House Of Cards began life as a British TV series in the early 1990s and was created by Michael Dobbs. Dobbs was a seasoned political operator, he’d served as Margaret Thatcher’s Chief of Staff from 1986 to 1987 and the Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1994 to 1995.

Beau Willimon, who is now the show’s head honcho, has plenty of political experience too, he spent time on the staffs of both Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean. 

 

Kate Mara had a football clause inserted in her contract…

Kate Mara comes from an American Football obsessed family, her great-grandfather Art Rooney, is the founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers; her grandfather, Wellington Mara, was once the owner of the New York Giants; and her father, Chris Mara, is one of the senior figures at the same team.

Forced to miss the Super Bowl back in 2006 when she was filming 24, Mara then insisted on having a clause inserted in her contract that meant she’d never have to miss another Super Bowl if her beloved Giants or Steelers made it.

 

And her sister helped her win the role…

Mara had been given the script for the role of intrepid reporter Zoe Barnes and was desperate to play the role. In a bid to get a little advantage over her competition, she asked her sister Rooney, who was working with executive producer David Fincher on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, if she’d put in a good word for her. She clearly put in an excellent one…

 

Doug Stamper’s niece and nephew are actually his real-life children…

In the show, he’s a confirmed bachelor, dedicated only to helping Frank Underwood become President of the United States, but in real life, he’s father to Frankie and Clinton, who helped out in series three by portraying his on-screen niece and nephew.

 

That peachoid in season two, it’s real…

There’s a particularly brilliant episode of the show where Frank is dragged back to his hometown of Gaffney in South Carolina to protect a strange giant peach, which sits high above the town. Both Gaffney and that peach are real and they’re starting to become quite the tourist attraction.

 

It’s huge in China…

Over 24.5 million people in China alone have watched House Of Cards, it’s sent sales of rowing machines through the roof…

 

But it’s not cheap to make…

Quality TV costs a lot of money to make and it’s estimated that every season of House Of Cards has cost over $100 million to make.

 

It’s filmed in Baltimore…

Although it’s set in Washington, the vast majority of the show is filmed on a 300,000 ft soundstage in Joppa near Baltimore. On the soundstage, there’s the Oval Office, and the House of Congress, as well as lots of offices and hotel rooms. Only a few scenes in the show’s third season were actually filmed in the US capital.

 

Season Five of House Of Cards is out now in hmv stores and is available to purchase here. 

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