Since season three of Netflix’s flagship original series “House of Cards” is now available for you to binge, we figured it’s the perfect time to explore what’s going on behind the scenes of the Oval Office (aka a room in giant Maryland warehouse) and bring you some little known facts about this vicious political series starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
1. The Oval Office is in a warehouse.
As alluded to above, “House of Cards” production took place in an over 300,000 square foot warehouse in Joppa, Maryland. In the warehouse exists sets for the Oval Office, House of Congress, various politicians’ offices, and some fancy hotel rooms.
2. Showrunner Beau Willimon isn’t totally making stuff up.
The guy actually has some political experience. In addition to co-writing “The Ides of March” starring George Clooney (which is actually based on a play written by Willimon), the “House of Cards” showrunner has worked for politicians in real life, including Howard Dean, Charles Schumer, and Hillary Clinton, as noted by Mental Floss.
3. Kevin Spacey acts like Frank Underwood in his other work.
Ever seen the Kevin Spacey flick “Horrible Bosses”? If you have, you may recall that Spacey as Dave Harkin and his employee (Jason Bateman) play out a scene nearly identical to one that takes place between Frank Underwood and Peter Russo (played by Corey Stoll) in season one of “House of Cards.” In both scenes, Spacey offers the other character a drink, and when they ask if Spacey’s going to have one, he answers that it’s too early to be drinking. Dirty move, that is.
4. Art imitates life.
That bandage Underwood wears after he burns his hand on hot coffee in episode nine? It was there to cover up a real burn on Spacey’s hand, one he got from holding a burning flag during a promotional “House of Cards” shoot, according to Mashable.
5. “House of Cards” shares a diner with “The Wire.”
Various “House of Cards” scenes were shot in the same diner that was often used in the production of “The Wire.” In the former, Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly’s character) uses the place for his more secretive meetings.
6. The series grew from British politics.
This you probably know by now, but it’s still interesting that this wildly popular Netflix series started out as a BBC series in 1990, which actually came from a book written by British politician Michael Dobbs. It’s fun to think about the adaptations necessary to make the series fit US politics.
7. Yesterday wasn’t really the “House of Cards” season three debut.
Eager fans might be remiss to learn that season three of “House of Cards” was actually uploaded to Netflix well before yesterday…two weeks ago, to be exact, when the season appeared online by mistake. It only stayed up on the streaming service for about 25 minutes before someone prudently took it down. However, in that time, digital consumption related to the show went up by 1,025% when compared to the day before (consumption meaning people seeing “House of Cards” in text or content from or related to the show, across online and mobile screens as well as social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube), according to data from Amobee Brand Intelligence. The leak also upped consumption a lot more than the release of the official season three trailer, which debuted on January 12.
Unless otherwise specified, these facts come from IMDB.