Beau Willimon

  • Aired:  03/05/14
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"House of Cards" creator Beau Willimon discusses his award-winning series and its depiction of power, corruption and intrigue in Washington politics. (7:08)

>> WELCOME BACK, MY GUESTTONIGHT CREATED HOUSE OF

CARDS, ABOUT A MURDEROUSBACK STABBING POWER HUNGRY

POLITICIAN. WHERE DO I SENDMY CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION.

PLEASE WELCOME BEAU WILLIMON.

HEY, BEAU, THANKS FOR COMINGON.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

FOR THE PEOPLE WHO DON'TKNOW YOU ARE THE CREATOR

SHOW RUNNER AND WRITER FORHOUSE OF CARDS.

>> LAST YEAR WAS NOMINATEDFOR 9 EMMIES, FIRST ON-LINE

SHOW TO EVER WIN A MAJORCATEGORY.

I GOT A BONE TO PICK WITHYOU.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> Stephen: I'M TWO MINDSABOUT YOU.

>> OKAY.

WHAT'S THE FIRST ONE.

>> Stephen: THE FIRST ONE ISI HAVE DONE 75 BETTER KNOW A

DISTRICTS AND I'VE MET THESEPEOPLE, THESE CONGRESSMAN

AND YOU HAVE GOT THEM DEADTO RIGHTS.

THEY ARE CUNNING.

THEY ARE SUPERMOTIVATED,SEXY PEOPLE AND YOU

CAN'T-- AND YOU CAN'T GETANYTHING BY THEM.

ALL RIGHT?

THE SECOND THING IS THATYOU ARE SHOWING THE CHINESE

WHAT OUR DEMOCRACY'S LIKE INA BAD LIGHT.

YOU KNOW THE CHINESELEADERSHIP LOVE-- SAY THAT

IS WHAT YOU GET WITHDEMOCRACY.

>> THE REMARKABLE THING ISTHAT THE SHOW IS NOT AT ALL

CENSORED IN CHINA, IT IS ONEOF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL

AMERICAN SHOWS IN I THINKCHINESE TELEVISION HISTORY.

AND IT IS A HUGE HIT THEREAND I THINK PART OF THE

REASON IS EXACTLY AS ARE YOUSAYING, IT PROVES JUST WE

ARE AS CORRUPT AS ANYONEELSE.

>> Stephen: DO YOU-- HOW-- ITHINK IT'S PERFECTLY

ACCURATE.

I HAVE MET MEMBERS OFCONGRESS AND THEY ARE JUST

LIKE KEVIN SPACEY.

(LAUGHTER)HOW ACCURATE ARE YOU TRYING

TO BE?

>> KEVIN'S CHARACTERDOES SOME THINGS THAT ARE A

LITTLE ETHICALLY DUBIOUS.

THERE MIGHT IT BE LEAVINGSOMEONE IN A GARAGE WHILE

THE CAR IS RUNNING.

THERE MIGHT BE SOMETHINGINVOLVING A SUBWAY TRAIN.

AND I DON'T-- .

>> Stephen: THIS HE IS SONHE BECOMES VICE PRESIDENT.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: HOW MANY PEOPLEHAS JOE BIDEN BLUDGEONED TO

DEATH?

DO YOU THINK IT'S A DEPICTIONOF A WASHINGTON PEOPLE

RECOGNIZE?

>> LOOK, ONE THING THEY DORECOGNIZE IS THAT IN OUR

SHOW AS IN THE REAL WORLD,WE HAVE A WASHINGTON THAT IS

PARALYZED BY POLITICALGRIDLOCK.

WHAT WE HAVE, WHAT WE'REABLE TO DO IS SEE SOMEONE

THAT CAN CUT THROUGH THATGRIDLOCK LIKE A KNIFE

THROUGH BUTTER AND THAT ISONE OF THE DELICIOUS ASPECTS

OF THE SHOW.

SOMEONE WHO ACTUALLY GETSTHINGS DONE.

>> Stephen: OKAY THAT IS THEFANTASY PART OF THE SHOW.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: WHAT I AM MOSTLYSEEING--

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: OF COURSE THE

OTHER FANTASY PART OF THESHOW IS THAT HE IS A WHITE

DEMOCRAT FROM MY HOME STATEOF NORTH CAROLINA.

>> JOHN SPRATT.

>> Stephen: EATS NO FAT.

>> HE IS A SOUTHERN DEMOCRATWHO REPRESENTED THE FIFTH

DISTRICT.

>> Stephen: WAS, THE WORDIS WAS.

>> THAT'S TRUE, WAS, FOROVER 20 YEARS.

AND ONE OF THE REASONS WEMADE FRANK A SOUTHERN

DEMOCRAT IS BECAUSE IT'S NOTSOME OF ABOUT IDEOLOGY FOR

SOUTHERN DEMOCRAT, IT'SABOUT PERSONAL

RELATIONSHIPS.

>> Stephen: SO ANYWAY, HEAND HIS WIFE ROBIN WRIGHT

THERE, THEY'RE BOTH, YOUKNOW, JUST COLD-BLOODED IN

THEIR PURSUIT OF POWER.

WHO ARE THEY BASED ON IN THEDEMOCRATIC PARTY?

ARE THEY-- ARE THEY BASED ONBILL AND HILLARY OR ARE THEY

BASED ON HILLARY AND BILL?

>> Stephen: THERE'S GOT TOBE-- I WORKED FOR HILLARY IN

2000 FOR HER FIRST SENATECAMPAIGN AND WORKED, THE

SENATOR FROM NEW YORK CHUCKSCHUMER IN 1998.

AND LOOK, ANYONE WHO GETSELECTED TO SENATE IN NEW

YORK KNOWS WHATROUGH-AND-TUMBLE POLITICS IS

AND CERTAINLY FRANK ANDCLAIRE ARE MASTERS AT THAT

GAME.

>> Stephen: ONE OF THEUNIQUE THINGS ABOUT THIS

SHOW IS THAT OCCASIONALLYUNDERWOOD LOOKS RIGHT INTO

THE CAMERA AND SAYS WHAT ISON HIS MIND.

WHY DOES HE DO THAT?

THAT'S SOMETHING WE STOLEFROM THE BBC VERSION, THEY

STOLE IT FROM A GUY NAMEDSHAKESPEARE, I DON'T KNOW IF

YOU HEARD OF HIM, AND WHATTHAT ALLOWS TO YOU DO IS

HAVE DIRECT COMMUNICATIONWITH THE AUDIENCE IT MAKES

THEM COMPLICIT IN HISNEFARIOUS ACTS, THEY BECOME

ACCOMPLICES TO HIS CRIMESAND YOU FIND YOURSELF

ROOTING FOR THIS GUY DESPITEYOURSELF THAT IS WHAT

DRAMATIC TENSION ISINTERESTING TO US.

>> Stephen: AT THIS POINT IKNEW I HAD HIM.

WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE INWASHINGTON LOVE IT SO MUCH,

BECAUSE IT'S ALL THEY TALKABOUT RIGHT NOW I THINK

THEY'RE TRYING TO SEETHEMSELVES IN IT I THINK

THEY WANT TO THINK THATTHEY'RE SEXY AND DANGEROUS.

>> LOOK, THE FACT THATPRESIDENT OBAMA HIMSELF

TWEETED ABOUT THE SHOWPREVIOUS TO THE SECOND

SEASON RELEASE SAYING NOSPOILERS --

>> HUGE DEAL.

AND WHEN WE WERE THERE FORTHE WHITE HOUSE.

>> WHEN WE -->> YEAH, I MEAN ON THE ONE

HAND I AM THINKING YOU KNOW,13 HOURS IS A BIG CHUNK OF

YOUR DAY.

>> I KNOW, EXACTLY.

>> WE GOT THE RUSSIANSROLLING INTO CRIMEA AND HE'S

NOT RESPONDING BECAUSE HE'SBINGE WATCHING YOUR SHOW

RIGHT NOW.

>> YEAH.

>> THANKS A LOT.

>> I THINK, I THINK THAT YOUKNOW THE REASON WASHINGTON

HAS RESPONDED SO WELL, WETAKE GREAT EFFORT TO BE AS

AUTHENTIC AS POSSIBLE.

WE HAVE A DARK EXAGGERATEDVIEW OF DC.

NOT EVERYONE OUT THERE IS ACOLD BLOODED KILLER.

>> Stephen: DO YOU THINKTHERE ARE THINGS THAT

POLITICIANS CAN LEARN FROMWATCHING YOUR SHOW, CAN

OBAMA LEARN ANYTHING FROMWATCHING YOUR SHOW OTHER

THAN WATCH OUT FOR YOUR VICEPRESIDENT.

>> WELL, THE WAY THAT FRANKOPERATES IS HE BELIEVES THE

IDEOLOGY IS QUICKSAND ITDOESN'T ALLOW YOU ANY

FLEXIBILITIES.

COMPROMISE HAS BECOME ANAUGHTY WORD IN WASHINGTON.

BUT COMPROMISE IS WHAT GOODGOVERNANCE IS ALL ABOUT.

AND WHEN YOU ARE STUCK INYOUR OWN IDEOLOGY, ARE YOU

NOT WILLING TO MOVE TOWARDSTHE MIDDLE, THEN NOTHING CAN

BE ACCOMPLISHED.

FRANK WILL DO ANYTHING HENEED ITS TO IN ORDER TO GET

SOMETHING DONE IN THOSETHIRD EPISODE OF SEASON TWO

WE HAVE A POTENTIALGOVERNMENT FREEZE OR

SHUTDOWN.

AND YOU KNOW, THEREPUBLICANS WON'T BUDGE, THE

DEMOCRATS WON'T BUDGE.

HE GOES LET'S GIVE THEREPUBLICANS EVERYTHING THEY

WANT.

SO HE SAYS LET'S RAISE THEAGE OF RETIREMENT.

AND THE DEMOCRATS ARE IN AFLUMMOX ABOUT THIS BUT HE

SAYS IF WE ARE ABLE TO GIVEWHAT THEY WANT WE WILL GIVE

WHAT WE WANT.

THAT'S [BLEEP] THOUGH.

>> Stephen: BEAU, THANK YOUSO MUCH FOR JOINING ME, BEAU

WILLIMON, HOUSE OF CARDS.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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