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Kevin Spacey Brings a Little Frank Underwood to Davos

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Frank Underwood breaks down the fourth wall on House of Cards — but now he’s taking it even further: to Switzerland.

Kevin Spacey, the actor who plays the ethically dubious world leader on Netflix, is rubbing elbows with actual world leaders this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the New York Times reports. He’s speaking on Friday about the drama of U.S. politics, but he’s already been all over the politically powerful scene — on Wednesday, he attended an Alibaba reception, along with the likes of Bono, Leonardo DiCaprio and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Later that night, he bewitched hearts and minds at the Piano Bar at the town’s Hotel Europe. He took to the keys and slipped into his simultaneously charming and sinister Frank Underwood Southern accent to joke about Donald Trump and the Clintons alike.

In considering whether Trump could beat Underwood in a debate, he said: “We must remember one important distinction, one of these characters is a fictional character, and the other is a fictional character.” Applause ensued, according to CBS News.

Spacey pivoted to business on Thursday during an interview at the TechCrunch Studio, where he talked about his investor role in a cyber security firm.


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