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House of Cards Creator: We Draw Influence from Colbert’s WHCD Speech

House of Cards is a show largely about corruption and speaking truth to power (albeit a very fictionalized one). So, obviously they have a lot of real-life people and events to pull from. But in an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, show creator Beau Willimon opened up about one very particular influence on their work: Stephen Colbert.

More specifically, the infamous speech Colbert delivered at the White House Correspondents Dinner back in 2006. It was received well outside the room. Inside the room? Well, “chilly” would be a kind way of putting it.

But it turns out the House of Cards writers watch that speech before starting every season. And as Willimon explains, “there’s something dangerous in that speech” that draws them to it. He praises Colbert’s speech as “seizing the moment” and “leaving nothing on the table and taking off the kid gloves.”

Willimon said it’s “great to look at some perfection when that’s what you strive for in your own endeavors.”

And, not to give anything away, but let’s just say the writers show their appreciation for Colbert in a big way in the first episode of the new season…

Watch the video below, via CNN:

And you can watch Colbert’s WHCD speech here, via C-SPAN:

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