Joining House Of Cards as the scheming Frank Underwood, Kevin Spacey had a lot of hype to live up to but in typical Spacey fashion, had no problem in proving just why he was perfect for the role.
Calculated and power-hungry – traits many of his fellow characters also possess – Spacey manages to light up the screen and steal the scene time and time again with his elegance and charm, buffed up by the smooth Southern Carolina accent that’s enough to make anyone go weak at the knees.
Taking a look at some of his best moments, it’s clear Frank Underwood is not a man to be crossed and, despite being utterly revolting in many (or possibly every) ways, can be admired in some form.
1) When he took down Marty Spinella
“I’m a white trash cracker from a white trash town that no one would bother to piss on. But here’s the difference. I’ve made something of myself. I’ve the keys to the Capitol. People respect me. But you? You’re still nothing. You’re just an uppity dago, in an expensive suit, turning tricks for the union. No one respects the unions anymore, Marty. They’re dying. And no one respects you.”
2) When he defied President Walker and gave us a brilliant aside
“Not an easy thing to do, to say no, to the most powerful man in the free world. Sometimes the only way to gain your superior’s respect is to defy him.”
3) When Frank explained ‘pain’
“There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.”
4) When he spoke to both the Heavens above and Hell below
(Whilst looking up) “Every time I’ve spoken to you, you’ve never spoken back, although given our mutual disdain, I can’t blame you for the silent treatment. Perhaps I’m speaking to the wrong audience.”
(Whilst looking down) “Can you hear me? Are you even capable of language, or do you only understand depravity? Peter, is that you? Stop hiding in my thoughts and come out. Have the courage in death that you never had in life. Come out, look me in the eye and say what you need to say.”
5) When he admitted what he really gets up to in boring meetings
“Every Tuesday I sit down with the speaker and the majority leader to discuss the week’s agenda. Well, ‘discuss’ is probably the wrong word… they talk while I imagine their lightly-salted faces frying in a skillet.”
6) When he explained why power means more than money
“Such a waste of talent. He chose money over power. In this town, a mistake nearly everyone makes. Money is the McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after ten years. Power is the old stone building that stands for centuries. I cannot respect someone who doesn’t see the difference.”
7) When he explained his disdain for sleeping
“I’ve always loathed the necessity of sleep. Like death, it puts even the most powerful men on their backs.”