5. The pilot script was actually broken down into the first two chapters (or episodes).

“If you just watched the first hour, it ends in a weird place. It ends in an alley with a guy eating ribs at seven o’clock in the morning. So I’ve always seen (episodes) one and two as companions, dovetailing the other. I don’t think of it as a cliffhanger. That [word] makes me feel a little dirty.”

6. Fincher would not have made House of Cards Without Kevin Spacey

When Fincher read the pilot script, he couldn’t think of anyone but Kevin Spacey for the main role. “We needed a cunning linguist, we needed someone who could run for public office, we can see him shaking hands.” When he met with Spacey he even told him that if he didn’t get Kevin for the role, he wasn’t going to make it. Spacey was very interested but was just about to go do thirteen months of Richard the Third. He asked Fincher if he could wait a year for him to play the part, and they did.

7. Fincher describes Spacey’s character Francis Underwood as a Machiavellian who is taking you under his wing, a poet figure but he always has secrets.

“He’s not Kasparov (chess grandmaster), he doesn’t see four moves ahead of his opponent. He kind of comes into a room and knocks over the chess board, says ‘oh, was somebody playing this?’ And he puts it back the way he wants it to be. And he creates chaos and fucks things up to make people look a certain way and he is able to work his magic to make people think it was there idea.”

8. Claire Underwood is Fincher’s Lady MacBeth.

Fincher approached Robin Wright about the series while working on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in Stockholm, asking if she would like to play his Lady MacBeth. Wright read the pilot script and came to Fincher with a smile and said “I like this woman”.

“She doesnt play cast iron bitches much. I mean, she is formidable but I think she was kind of flattered that I saw her as something other than a princess. … [the character is] not a scold, but you want the idea that her favor means something to him.”

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