WASHINGTON (Talk Media News)- A scene from the popular Netflix drama House of Cards played out in real life Monday evening when President Frank Underwood made an appearance at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
While spectators were invited to attend what was initially described as a portrait unveiling for series’ star Kevin Spacey, they were instead treated to Spacey trotting out on stage in character, complete with Southern drawl and faux security detail.
In on the act, National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet even went so far as to introduce Spacey… err… Underwood as the 46th President of the United States, a nod to the series’ alternative timeline.
Underwood stood beside the portrait, painted by British artist Jonathan Yeo, and delivered remarks that alluded to the sinister nature seen by viewers but often obscured from his fellow House of Cards’ characters.
“I hope when people come to view this portrait, they will remember the things I did to become President,” Underwood said, speaking at podium with the Presidential seal. “The issues I pushed when they needed to be pushed. The doors I opened and the doors I closed when they needed to be shut.”
No spoilers, but Underwood “pushing” and “closing doors” amount to two of the series most shocking scenes to-date.
Following the unveiling, those assembled were treated to a screening of the first episode of the upcoming 4th series, set to debut online in its entirety on March 4th.
Breaking character after, Spacey thanked those who had gathered for what would have been a routine unveiling for participating in the stunt.
“It’s really fun to blur fact and fiction to the point where no one knows what the f**** is going on,” Spacey explained.