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February 25, 2014 11:09 AM   Subscribe

Conservative british politicians audition for roles in the next series of House Of Cards - the results are... disturbing (SLYT)
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory (22 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Did you intend to link to the 54 second mark with your URL?
posted by benito.strauss at 11:12 AM on February 25


At least one of those was a direct quote from the original BBC House of Cards, which is delightfully evil in its own way, by the by.
posted by Wretch729 at 11:15 AM on February 25 [2 favorites]


No, no idea how that happened although as usual Jacob Rees-Mogg does rather steal the show.
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 11:17 AM on February 25 [3 favorites]


Most of them did pretty well, although the last one really wasn't up to snuff.
posted by maudlin at 11:19 AM on February 25 [1 favorite]


[Fixed the link, carry on]
posted by jessamyn at 11:26 AM on February 25


I watched the original House of Cards last year and loved it - more so when I realized that before he played Francis Urquhart, Ian Richardson played a role I remembered very well from my youth.
posted by duffell at 11:31 AM on February 25 [1 favorite]


I recognized about 3/4 of the quotes from the Original BBC house of cards, so I suspect that the rest are as well.
posted by bswinburn at 11:39 AM on February 25 [1 favorite]


They aren't all Conservatives. Chris Bryant is a Labour MP.
posted by Urtylug at 11:42 AM on February 25


I found myself distracted by how all of them have terrible hair. Is it so hard to drag a comb across your head before stepping in front of a camera? Or to pay for a decent haircut? Or is this some sort of affect that British politicians have, that they don't want to look vain so they go out of their way to have terrible haircuts and intentionally walk around looking disheveled?
posted by ambrosia at 11:59 AM on February 25


I watched the original House of Cards last year and loved it - more so when I realized that before he played Francis Urquhart, Ian Richardson played a role I remembered very well from my youth.

That's two Prime Ministers for the price of one, too.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 12:01 PM on February 25 [1 favorite]


so this exercise of 'winking to the audience' is meta enough for me to be okay with their actual dickery? hmm brb.
posted by cendawanita at 12:10 PM on February 25


I found myself distracted by how all of them have terrible hair. Is it so hard to drag a comb across your head before stepping in front of a camera? Or to pay for a decent haircut? Or is this some sort of affect that British politicians have, that they don't want to look vain so they go out of their way to have terrible haircuts and intentionally walk around looking disheveled?

Hey hey hey! Mickey Fabricant paid good money for that wig.
posted by bebrogued at 12:24 PM on February 25 [1 favorite]


It's one of my all-time favorite shows and so I can't bring myself to watch Netflix's version, even though I understand it's quite different. I wish that no one ever made an American version of great foreign television shows. I can't think of a single example where it was an improvement and it's almost always a travesty. I guess I'll watch the US version of Broadchurch, but only because of Tennant.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 2:16 PM on February 25 [2 favorites]


I wish that no one ever made an American version of great foreign television shows.

But I had you pegged as a fan of America's Funniest Home Videos (a Japanese import)...
posted by KokuRyu at 2:51 PM on February 25


Seriously, this is one disturbing FPP. I haven't seen American remake, but the original is over the top in terms of bad behaviour. I can't imagine a politician wanting to be associated with this show.
posted by KokuRyu at 2:52 PM on February 25


It's one of my all-time favorite shows and so I can't bring myself to watch Netflix's version, even though I understand it's quite different.

It's well worth a try — it is in no sense a travesty or a betrayal.
posted by Wolof at 3:55 PM on February 25 [1 favorite]


I must not have ever really looked at this commercial, because I never realized that the man in the other car was Jim Hacker!
posted by bcarter3 at 5:04 PM on February 25


Seriously, this is one disturbing FPP. I haven't seen American remake, but the original is over the top in terms of bad behaviour. I can't imagine a politician wanting to be associated with this show.

They wish they were as competent as Urquhart, rather than just being a shower of floundering pricks.
posted by knapah at 5:41 PM on February 25 [3 favorites]


Seriously, this is one disturbing FPP. I haven't seen American remake, but the original is over the top in terms of bad behaviour. I can't imagine a politician wanting to be associated with this show.

In Texas right now you can't move an inch without bumping into a sleazy politician and his million-dollar message. It's kind of refreshing to see politicians do this silly thing, do it badly and do it with gusto, polling and advisors be damned.

Then again, considering like you said the bad behavior in the original (one of my all-time favorites) and the ruthlessness of the spin machine portrayed in "The Thick of It," I wonder whether we are being manipulated. Maybe there's a Malcolm Tucker behind the scenes demanding a video with an amateur and goofy feel, and the joke is on us.
posted by vincele at 7:05 PM on February 25 [1 favorite]


I worked in provincial government, and one of the interesting things about working at that level is that the managers and executive (ministers) are not all that far apart in the hierarchy; there are fewer layers between the middle and the top compared to the federal civil service.

So I got to interact with cabinet ministers pretty regularly. While successful elected politicians are generally egotistical assholes, and the people who surround them can be pretty frightening, they are also very fallible, so I've always found the caricature of a Machiavellian pol like Urquhart to be, while entertaining, a little unbelievable.

If we lived in a dictatorship, on the other hand...
posted by KokuRyu at 11:56 PM on February 25 [1 favorite]


I've always found the caricature of a Machiavellian pol like Urquhart to be Peter Mandelson.

Nadine Dorries? Is she back from Australia then?

Re: Jacob Rees-Mogg - You should see the HIGNFY with him on it, see him wince at the mention of homosexuality.
posted by marienbad at 1:45 AM on February 26


It's one of my all-time favorite shows and so I can't bring myself to watch Netflix's version, even though I understand it's quite different.

The author visited the American set and was quite pleased at the scope of the production. The British version apparently truncated some aspects of the novel (it was a much shorter adaptation.)
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 8:14 AM on February 26


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